07/13/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The New Poor: How Employers Are Eliminating Some Jobs Forever

For the last two years, the weak economy has provided an opportunity for employers to do what they would have done anyway: dismiss millions of people -- like file clerks, ticket agents and autoworkers -- who were displaced by technological advances and international trade.

The phasing out of these positions might have been accomplished through less painful means like attrition, buyouts or more incremental layoffs. But because of the recession, winter came early.