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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 March 15, 2007 3:51 PM

Comments

oh man. how depressing. i did not need that. or maybe i did...

Posted by: kevin at March 15, 2007 7:02 PM

i have similar feelings these last couple of years, made even more evident when i moved to seattle. the employment situation there is light years ahead of michigan. upon talking to my mother, who is employed through the outsourcing by one of the major automobile companies, i have really began to worry about the state of affairs for people living in michigan. this is a really crucial issue for our state. thanks for the post!

Posted by: sarah at March 16, 2007 5:23 AM

Yeah super bad here, Wayne county leads the nation in foreclosures. They are at an all time high right now too.

But think we can tell our grand kids about how we lived through the depression.

Have you worked two jobs just to keep your head above water? I'll bet you have, that shouldn't be normal.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 16, 2007 10:49 AM

Yeah super bad here, Wayne county leads the nation in foreclosures. They are at an all time high right now too.

But think we can tell our grand kids about how we lived through the depression.

Have you worked two jobs just to keep your head above water? I'll bet you have, that shouldn't be normal.

Posted by: outobol at March 16, 2007 10:49 AM

i don't mean for the post to be super depressing, though i can see how it is.
i guess i see it more as a frustrating issue, and a call to action.

Posted by: emma at March 16, 2007 4:56 PM

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