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Losing Ground, Part 3: Loss of blue-collar jobs destroys path to middle class

In the 1960s, the giant Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I) steel plant on the southern end of Pueblo, now called EVRAZ Pueblo, was the economic driving engine and racial equalizer for Colorado's southernmost major city. By the early 1980s, manufacturing operations in Pueblo and across the United States were hit by stiff international competition that led to drastic cutbacks and factory closures. The downturn in manufacturing hurt minority workers disproportionately in Colorado and across the U.S. (Joe Mahoney/The iNews Network) Photo by