Michigan tops nation in unemployment, continues to rise

Mar 19, 2008 Read more: WZZM Grand Rapids 21
Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in all of Michigan's 17 regional labor markets in January. Read more
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sick and tired

Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Mar 19, 2008
Feels so good to be number one!!!

Anyone else feel blown away?
doug

Muskegon, MI

#2 Mar 19, 2008
thanks jen im BLOWN away!!!!
maa

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Mar 19, 2008
Our governor should be ashamed!
Lisa

Spring Lake, MI

#5 Mar 19, 2008
I NEED A JOB!
Taxpayer

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Mar 19, 2008
Lisa wrote:
I NEED A JOB!
I know it's bad out there. I overheard a manager at Linens and Things interviewing a candidate with a college degree and several years of work experience... she actually told the woman she "had more people who fit the job better, since they had a little retail experience." All of this for $8.12/hour!
On The Move

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Mar 19, 2008
My husband left here the day after Christmas and went down south to find work. After 2 months it finally paid off. Now we just have to get caught up on all of the bills so that we can be a family again. Hopes and prayers to all of the other Michigan families out there.
the guy who moved away

United States

#8 Mar 19, 2008
That's not news. Hell, that's been pretty widely known for a couple of years now. Oh, and for every body that needs a job, come down to the south west. There's planty of yobs out here :).
Jay

Center Line, MI

#9 Mar 19, 2008
On The Move wrote:
My husband left here the day after Christmas and went down south to find work. After 2 months it finally paid off. Now we just have to get caught up on all of the bills so that we can be a family again. Hopes and prayers to all of the other Michigan families out there.
Best of luck to you. My family and I are very close to the same situation.
not a golfer

United States

#10 Mar 19, 2008
Grandmole is still blaming Engler even though he did it back in the 90's. Those that voted for her are getting what they deserve.... Unfortunately the rest are getting it too!
Fremont Mi

Berkeley Heights, NJ

#11 Mar 19, 2008
Anybody suprised?

Since: Sep 07

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#12 Mar 19, 2008
Well, we just became a statistic. Hubby was laid off today. Gawd.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

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#13 Mar 19, 2008
Lucy in Rockford wrote:
Well, we just became a statistic. Hubby was laid off today. Gawd.
Sorry to hear that Lucy :-(. May I ask from where? I know a friend of mine is just sweating every day right now waiting for the stroke to fall.
Sue

Allendale, MI

#14 Mar 19, 2008
It isn't surprising at all. What I am surprised by is the length of time it has taken to create jobs in other fields other than manufacturing. Let's face it, manufacturing in the USA is on a decline, especially when many companies in Michigan are geared toward the auto industry. We need to recruit more companies geared toward technology/medical fields.
MIke the Court Jester

Grand Haven, MI

#15 Mar 19, 2008
Last one leaving Michigan please turn out the lights and let the gov'nar know it didn't "work out"....
Patrick in Grand Rapids

West Bloomfield, MI

#16 Mar 19, 2008
Lucy in Rockford wrote:
Well, we just became a statistic. Hubby was laid off today. Gawd.
sb

The same thing happened to me back in February, after 6 years at the same company. I'm sorry to hear that your husband lost his job. I decided to go into business for myself, which seems to be working out quite well! Perhaps it is something your husband could also look into. Check out my website: http://www.patrickcody.net and good luck either way!

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#17 Mar 19, 2008
Lucy,

I'm sorry to hear that!!

I finally found another job.. after 18 months of being out of work.
On The Move

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Mar 19, 2008
Lucy,
So sorry to hear that I hope that things go much quicker then they did for our family.
The guy that posted that there are jobs in Texas is right. My husband got a really good welding job there and is currently in Arkansas with the rest of the Texas crew.

Now we are just waiting for the money to get down there as the kids are missing their daddy.:)

Prayers with you and your family

Since: Sep 07

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#19 Mar 19, 2008
Lovely company out of Wisconsin, called Aqua Finance. And they only set up business here in October; went through the motions of buying hubby's old biz out, and everything.

I keep telling myself, when God closes a door, he opens a window.

He sure provided support! Thanks ya'll!

Since: Sep 07

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#20 Mar 19, 2008
Hubby is joining, just to thank ya'll. We appreciate it!:-)

Since: Mar 08

Petoskey, MI

#21 Mar 19, 2008
Thank you for all the kind words and support. I was taken aback when I was told I was not "proactive enough when dealing with poor performing employees." What they wanted was a tyrant who utilized the same paramilitary management tactics employed by the manager who had numerous complaints filed against her with the human resources department. I decided to take a more humanistic approach rather than the demonistic approach. The irony of their weak and pathetic reason for dismissing me was for the past three months the unit I oversaw out performed the other units in the company with the exception of this month.

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