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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.


We’ve made a little change ….

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And now we’re masters of our own domain. 😉

The Internet domain “whatssofunnyaboutunemployment.com“, that is.

But never fear, WSFAU readers! You can still reach us at our old address, whatssofunnyaboutunemployment.wordpress.com. WordPress is so nice to forward our traffic for us like that. (They’re such gracious hosts.)

Either way, we’ll still report on unemployment news and views — and one woman’s continuing search for a job in this economy.

Written by Joanne

October 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm

The School of Unemployment

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Since it’s early September, I’ve been thinking about going back to school. Not that I am going back to school; I already have two degrees and I don’t quite feel like going back for a third now.

No, I’ve been thinking about the whole back to school experience: buying new clothes and books, saying goodbye to your parents, going back to class … And I’ve been thinking there should be a School of Unemployment to help the newly unemployed along the way. So I’m going to teach it, today.

Good morning, class. Welcome to the School of Unemployment. My name is Joanne, and I’ll be your teacher. Listen carefully, because you will be tested on this material — but not by me.

One of the first things I will tell you is you’re not alone. The national unemployment rate hovers around nine percent; my home state’s unemployment rate is just over 13 percent.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of us out there. So join a support group. Many churches sponsor them; so do some job centers.

Follow a routine. Get out of bed early each day. Then, don’t spend your entire day sitting in your easy chair watching bad talk shows and judge shows. “Who would do that, teacher?” Never mind who. Just remember, daytime TV is not your friend. Use your time productively. Try networking and making some phone calls as well as searching the Internet.

Make calling your state’s unemployment agency part of your weekly/biweekly routine. Mark that appointment on your calendar and keep it, no matter what. If you don’t, it will cost you.

Do something besides job hunting once in a while, too. Now that you have all this time, it’s your chance to work on your hobby, read a book, clean your house, take walks, or do whatever else you want — within reason.

Libraries are your friends. Sure, your local library has books. But did you know they also have computers? And DVDs? And reference books and materials for researching that company with which you’ll be interviewing? And, if they’re like my local library, free wi-fi without having to buy a cup of coffee? And friendly librarians to help you use it all? (Disclaimer: I’m a librarian.)

Budget your money. As if you needed me to tell you that.

Finally, keep your sense of humor about it all.

Written by Joanne

September 2, 2010 at 7:53 am

Slip-sliding away

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I woke up this morning to find this note:

Dear Boss:

We’ve had it with this unemployment/blogging thing. We’ve been doing all the legwork. You’ve been getting all the credit. It’s time — way past time —  for us to grab a few beers and slide on out of here for a while. (So to speak.)

The WSFAU Staff

Oh, my. They did a Steven Slater on me. On Friday the 13th, no less.

They’ll be back. I know it. I know them.

Plus, I still have their computer.

Written by Joanne

August 13, 2010 at 9:00 am

We have a job interview

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We’re sitting around the house preparing for our next job interview, which is tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

We’re planning not to be like the California job seeker who recently crashed her car through her prospective employer’s office window. We’re guessing she didn’t get the job. (Plus, we just paid off the WSFAU staff car’s loan last week. So we’d really, really hate to get into a car accident this week.)

We also need to think of interview questions and answers. Questions besides “When would I hear from you?” and answers besides “Yes,” “No,” and “Uh ….”

It’s been a few months since we’ve had a job interview. So we’re a little nervous.

How else have we been spending our time these last few weeks?

  • Applying ourselves, as another friend of ours said on Facebook today. Since we’re short on funds and long on time, we’ve been finding and applying for all sorts of jobs.
  • Going to Toastmasters meetings.
  • Going to unemployment support group meetings.
  • Spending time with our friends.
  • Trying to stay cool in this summer’s hot weather.
  • And preparing for our high school reunion this weekend. (I’m not going to say which year reunion it is, but it is one of the big even-numbered ones.)

What just happened?

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This evening, I used my unemployment Visa debit card to pay the Michigan Secretary of State office to renew my driver’s license and car license plate fees for 2010-2011.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe my government funds somehow reproduced themselves.

Written by Joanne

June 29, 2010 at 11:11 pm

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We’re number two! We’re number two!

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We’re excited because Michigan is no longer the number one state in unemployment.

Instead, we’re now number two:

Unemployment rate: Michigan, Nevada trade places as No. 1 jobless state – CSMonitor.com.

Good luck, Nevada! You’ll need it!

Written by Joanne

June 23, 2010 at 7:47 am

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