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Michigan: Hire the Nerd Nov. 2

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The statistic Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder uses at the start of one of his campaign commercials and on his website is shocking: Every 10 minutes, Michigan loses another job.

Jobs have been the central issue in this campaign between governor hopefuls Snyder, the Ann Arbor “Nerd” venture capitalist, economic developer, and former CEO of Gateway computer; and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the Democrat who’s been called “America’s Angriest Mayor.”

Jobs should be the central issue in this campaign to take over the job of term-limited and unpopular Gov. Jennifer Granholm; Michigan’s unemployment rate is currently 13 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We have the second-highest unemployment rate in the country, right between #1 Nevada and #3 California.

Bernero did make news this week for attracting more General Motors jobs to Lansing’s GM factories. And Bernero’s city (which happens to be the state capital) has one of Michigan’s lowest unemployment rates.

Meanwhile, Snyder’s stance against the state’s film and TV industry tax credits — credits which are bringing a growing creative industry and positive publicity to a state which needs new industry and good publicity — troubles us. We’re also slightly concerned that the governorship would be Snyder’s first elected office.

Snyder has impressed us, however, with his focus on wanting to see and change our troubled state.

He and Bernero only debated once this fall. But ever since the primaries, Snyder has traveled to every county of Michigan, by RV, to question and be questioned by voters in town hall meetings. How many other candidates traveled to both peninsulas?

And just like the policy wonk nerd he’s always claimed to be, Snyder’s always had a simple 10-point plan for changing Michigan. It’s on his website. We haven’t seen or heard of a similar plan from Bernero — just angry campaign commercials and mud-slinging during the debate. Michigan needs a positive leader, not another angry talking head.

If Snyder’s popularity in the polls translates to votes this Tuesday, the Nerd should become Michigan’s head Nerd on Nov. 2. We at WSFAU believe that hiring Snyder as Michigan’s next governor is one of the best things to do to bring jobs — and good governance — back to this state.

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Over 10 percent unemployment, millions unemployed for months and months

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By now, I suppose you’ve heard today that the national jobless rate is now over 10 percent. (Here in Michigan, the most current statistic I Googled for our state unemployment rate was 14.9 percent.)

If you hadn’t heard how high this country’s unemployment rate now is — or you want further details — here’s the Yahoo! News story:

Jobless rate tops 10 pct. for first time since ’83 – Yahoo! News.

The statistic which most sticks out in my mind from this story: 5.6 million Americans have now been unemployed for six months or more. Yes, I’m one of them.

Except for some days of substitute teaching and other odd jobs, I just passed my tenth month anniversary of unemployment.  I believe I marked the occasion by looking for work. And blogging about looking for work.

Economists say the economy has recovered. Maybe it has in some ways; I’ve had luck looking for a part-time Christmas job. However, it’s difficult to find full-time work in the field I want to work in — libraries — due to funding cuts and staffing cuts. I may have to either take a job doing something else, work only part-time in my field, or move to another state.

Michigan unemployment rate hits 15.2%

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According to today’s news in Detroit, Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June rose to the new high of 15.2 percent. Here’s the story:

Michigan unemployment rate hits 15.2% | detnews.com | The Detroit News

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July 15, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Unemployment hits a new high (and our adventures with MARVIN continue)

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This just in: The labor department says unemployment nationally is at a 25-year high, 9.5 percent in June. And it’s still 100 percent here at this blog.

Here’s the link to the YahooNews story.

In other news, earlier this morning I called MARVIN to make up for not calling them last Wednesday.

Something’s odd or changed with the good ol’ Michigan Automated Response Voice Interactive Network: This time it told they’d send me my check when they’ve been automatically depositing my money. (But I need the money deposited into my little debit card account NOW! Not that I’m impatient or anything.) And it said I was still certified. (I had wondered about that; it’s getting towards the end of my initial 26-week unemployment claim).

But the most interesting part of this week’s MARVIN call was at the end: It said to “call back if you’re still unemployed.” Did it miss me last week? Does MARVIN know something about my future that I don’t?

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July 2, 2009 at 9:21 am

Michigan’s latest unemployment rate

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Yesterday, various news outlets reported Michigan’s unemployment rate had reached a new high in May: 14.1 percent. A large rise from April’s 12.9 percent.

Of course, this was attributed to automotive industry conditions.

However, as a Crain’s Detroit Business blog mentioned yesterday, forecasts about how high our unemployment rate will go this year are less revelant to those of us who are already unemployed.

Written by Joanne

June 18, 2009 at 9:38 am

We’re still number one! Dammit.

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Yesterday, the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth reported our state’s unemployment rate had reached 12.6 percent in March.

According to Crain’s Detroit Business: “The new 12.6 percent level was a full 5 percentage points higher than a year ago, when the Michigan rate was 7.6 percent. During the same period, the national jobless rate rose by 3.4 percentage points.”

I don’t know how to make this funny. I only wish I did.

Written by Joanne

April 16, 2009 at 11:47 am

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Allow me to introduce myself.

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I’m an unemployed person in southeastern Michigan who stayed up way, way too late the other night reading humorous (and a few serious) blogs about unemployment.

After laughing a little too loudly at posts about such things as wearing pajamas during the day, not making it out of your apartment some days, the futility of calling your state unemployment agency’s telephone line, how much time we “formerly employed professionals” (ahem) spend on the Internet, (ahem) and what lengths to go to to get free restaurant meals, I checked to see where my fellow unemployed blogging Americans were blogging from.

First, I wanted to know if they were spying on me.

No. They were writing from California. Heh. Lightweights.

Not to belittle their — or anyone’s — job losses.

Not that The Golden State is without its economic troubles. I understand its unemployment rate is now over 10 percent. That’s not good.

However. We here in Michigan are #1 in the country when it comes to unemployment: 12 percent. Try jobhunting in our economy, my fellow unemployed Americans! I dare you!

It’s so bad here in Michigan, Jay Leno decided to come here from California to take our minds off things for a few nights.

It’s so bad, I decided the Internet needed a blogger from here in The Great Lakes State to make light of it all.

Here, I hope to examine what’s so funny (and not-so-funny) about unemployment here in my home state.

After I go to a job fair later on today, though.

Written by Joanne

March 26, 2009 at 6:04 am