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Unemployment and family in Michigan

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“Nearly half of Michigan’s people say an immediate family member has lost a job in the past two years, a new Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV poll shows.”

That amazing quotation is from today’s Freep.com story on unemployment in Michigan.

So I am actually not exaggerating when I say that it feels like half the state is unemployed.

Even though Michigan’s April unemployment rate was 14 percent, more, much more, than 14 percent of Michigan is personally affected by unemployment.

I have met a lot of unemployed people in my little corner of Southeast Michigan. Which happens when you’re unemployed and you go to support groups for the unemployed. Most if not all of the unemployed people I’ve met in the last year and a half have families: Husbands, wives, children, parents, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, in-laws, etc. I’m single, but I do have family — and friends who are like family to me.

Unemployment affects your family and friends. If nothing else, they worry about you. They pray for you and about you. They call you with job leads, send you job ads over Facebook, and anxiously ask “have you thought about (fill in their latest career idea for you here)?” And “Are you okay?” They lend you things: Money, meals, rounds of drinks, a place to stay. The really good family members and friends don’t seem to care about being paid back.

How many people are in this situation of caring for and about their unemployed family members?

Well, even leaving aside Michigan’s 14 percent unemployment rate, just take the poll result of 47 percent who told the Freep and Channel 7 they have or had an unemployed family member, figure the state has about 9.9 million residents

And even with my math skills — hey, I’m a writer, not a mathematician — you should get roughly 4.5 million people in Michigan families affected by unemployment.

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Written by Joanne

May 30, 2010 at 11:39 am

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