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March 15, 2007

the state of michigan jobs

After coming to Chicago, it struck me how little people know about how bad Michigan's unemployment situation has gotten.

People brush off Michigan's economic recession like it is not particular to the state...like we are all in this together. But, I can tell its not as bad here in Chicago.

There was an article when I first arrived here that was on the front page of the newspaper. It described how Chicago's soup kitchens were starting to need more donations for the hungry. I couldn't help but think about how Michigan's shelters and soup kitchens have been struggling for years.

I dont think people really realize how bad it really is in Michigan, or rather, how good they really have it in their state.

I read an article late last year that said Michigan was no longer in a one state recession, but now in a depression- with unemployment levels that haven't been seen since post WWII and that unemployment would continue to get worse for the following two years.

I was also under the impression that Michigan was tied in first place with Mississippi or Alabama for highest unemployment, but Michigan recently took the lead.

This March 8th report describes Michigan as having the highest unemployment rate in the country. I can't help but feel like Michigan's economic struggle is being largely ignored, like most of the other national disasters right now, and that our government is in need of a major reality check.

Table A. States with unemployment rates significantly differ-
ent from that of the U.S., January 2007, seasonally adjusted
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State | January 2007
-----------------------------|--------------------------------
United States................| 4.6
|
Alabama .....................| 3.3
Alaska ......................| 6.4
Delaware ....................| 3.4
District of Columbia ........| 6.1
Florida .....................| 3.3
Hawaii ......................| 2.2
Idaho .......................| 3.0
Iowa ........................| 3.4
Kentucky ....................| 5.6
Maryland ....................| 3.8
Michigan ....................| 6.9
Mississippi .................| 6.2
Montana .....................| 2.7
Nebraska ....................| 3.0
New Hampshire ...............| 3.7
New Mexico ..................| 3.8
North Dakota ................| 3.2
Ohio ........................| 5.3
Oklahoma ....................| 3.8
South Carolina ..............| 6.4
South Dakota ................| 3.3
Utah ........................| 2.6
Vermont .....................| 4.0
Virginia ....................| 2.8
Wyoming .....................| 2.6
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View the full report.

Posted by emma at 3:51 PM | Comments (5)