The recession has driven home the fact that not all jobs are created equal.
Blue-collar and minimum wage jobs, such as construction and retail, have been hit hard. Young people, therefore, have been more likely to lose jobs in the last three years.
The same is true of minorities.
Middle-aged people with higher-paying jobs, on the other hand, have fared better than most. Despite that, in some sections of the U.S., the number of white-collar workers as a percentage of the work force has dropped significantly.