James Flanigan's column "Job Front: As Windows Shut, Doors Open" (April 7) encourages the reader to "keep the faith" that the economy is indeed recovering, despite evidence to the contrary.
He quotes David Lewin, head of UCLA's Institute of Industrial Relations, who states: "The transformation that occurred in U.S. manufacturing in the 1980s . . . is going to happen to services in the '90s."
During that period, analysts were telling those workers that their salvation would be the expanding service economy. After a few years of working for minimum wage and gaining valuable experience at fast-food restaurants, I'm sure those workers will take comfort in this new analysis.
"To gauge the possibilities, imagination is more useful than calculation," Flanigan writes. "Note how computing is central to all new industry and think about getting or updating an education--a sure-fire growth field for the '90s."