CHICAGO — Fitch Ratings dropped Wayne County, Mich., two notches into the high BBB category and warned of further negative action due to the mounting strain of both the recession and the wilting of the domestic automobile industry.

“The combination makes Fitch believe that the county’s economy no longer supports an A-level rating,” said analyst Melanie Shaker. “While we are seeing an impact of the auto industry’s woes on other credits, Wayne County’s problems are particularly acute.”

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