Self-Driving Cars Are the Future. Jobs in Auto Manufacturing Are Not

But that’s not much solace for auto workers who have just found out they’ll be laid off after returning from the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s hard not to look at GM’s layoffs and general strategy and see a gloomy analogy for the American economy of the past 30 years. Blue-collar manufacturing jobs and mid-level white-collar jobs for people without advanced degrees are vanishing and being replaced by a smaller number of positions requiring expensive and extremely specialized education.