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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year, New Job: For Michigan's 162,000 99ers state resources are available for help

Photo Credit-Michigan League of Human Services
The MLHS chart details the number of Michigan 
based 99ers who were the first group 
impacted by the state recession that
began in mid-late 2008
In our third series of the ‘New Year, New Job’ series on Reach Out Job Search’ we will focus on Michigan’s 99ers. 

This group consists of state based Unemployed Job Seekers who are currently EXHAUSTED from any state or Federally based supplemental jobless compensation programs. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) estimates as of November 30th, there are about 162,000 99ers in the state. 

Reasons for 99ers number being so high in this state based upon two combined factors. First Michigan’s job losses accelerated in mid-to-late 2008. Second, there are currently more unemployed Michiganders in the state than employment opportunities available.

Specifically, with lack of available jobs, many of Michigan’s Unemployment Job Seekers laid off at the height of the recession still remain out of work. A chart created by the Michigan League for Human Services (MLHS) noted  above, details the job loses combined with the states’ official recession period.

President Obama signed HR-4853 'The Middle Class Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation' act into law on December 17th. The signed law for the re-authorization of federal unemployment benefits does not provide any additional assistance to the nation or Michigan’s 99ers. In addition, it is estimated that there are up to 6 million 99ers nationwide.

As previously reported on “Reach Out Job Search” it is doubtful that the 112th Congress, which the House of Representatives controlled by the Republican party starting January 3rd, will pass any legislation to provide additional weeks of benefits beyond to those already available. The end result of the lack of any concrete assistance for this group leaves 99ers in Michigan without a lifeline to pay for basic needs.

The MLHS advises Michiganders who are 99ers to logon to the Michigan Helping Hand website  to determine if they are eligible for food assistance, Medicaid or MiChild health insurance. MiChild provides low-cost health, dental and limited vision insurance to state residents under the age of 18. There is a $10.00 monthly premium with the program and to be eligible, family’s must between certain levels.

For children and families whom income fall below the Mi-Child guidelines, the application will be forwarded to Michigan’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to determine eligibility for Medicaid insurance, which can be expanded to other cash or assistance programs. Both the adult and child applicant could be eligible for the Medicaid Insurance program if they have extremely low incomes and few assets, according to the MLHS.

Michigan's 2-1-1 system can help 99ers connect with a variety of private and public resources in their areas to help meet basic needs.  With assistance in finding employment, 99ers remain eligible to utilize both the re-employment services available at the Michigan Talent Bank and Michigan Works! Offices.

Michigan Talent Bank is a website that provides a large number of state based private company job openings within various skill sets, educational levels and abilities.

The Michigan Works! Offices Service Centers, located in each of Michigan’s 82 county’s, provide re-employment assistance, career counselors, veteran’s employment assistance programs, free computer access for job search, faxing service and more.


What are your thoughts on this article? Are you a Michigan's based 99er? If so, we would like to hear your story Feel free to comment, below or send us a e-mail at webmaster@reachoutjobsearch.com.
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