January 23, 2013
In this Sept. 6, 2012, file photo, passengers use the self service check-in at the U.S. Airways gate at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, in Grapevine, Texas. According to a three-month AP investigation released in January 2013, five years after the start of the Great Recession, instead of relying on someone else in the workplace or their personal lives, people are using technology to do tasks independently.
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Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over. And the situation is even worse than it appears.