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Michigan unemployment increases for the fifth straight month, to 10.9%

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Michigan's unemployment rate increases
for the 5th straight month, reaching 10.9%.
Michigan Unemployment Rate continues its’ upward climb since two months after Gov. Rick Snyder (R) took office in January 2011, after reciting statements during the gubernatorial campaign that “his first job was to create jobs”.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, report the states’ labor markets hit another disappointing loss in July, as the state’s unemployment rate for the month rose .4% from June, to 10.9%.

Michigan jobless rate is now higher under eight months of Gov. Snyder’s leadership then the former 10.7% rate, when he first took office in January. According to the MDTMB reports, 511,000 Michiganders are unemployed.

In March, Gov. Snyder signed House Bill 4408, making Michigan the first state in the nation to reduce payable week’s individuals laid off through no fault of their own could receive unemployment compensation, from 26 to 20 weeks. At the time, Gov. Snyder offered insight to his reasoning into signing the bill.
“We have people suffering today and that the long-term answer is more jobs rather than more jobless payments," he noted.
If there are any bright spots on Michigan jobs reports, it would that payroll jobs reported by employers rose 23,000 in July.  This numbers are composed of 5,000 job gains in manufacturing, 12,000 in the government sector, and 3,000 new jobs each in education and health services and in trade, transportation, and utilities.

“Michigan’s labor market indicators have shown only modest improvement so far in 2011,” said Rick Waclawek, director of the state’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives to the Detroit Free Press.

Employment gains numbers are well under the approximately 50,000 jobs per month that would be required to make a serious dent in Michigan’s Jobless Rate; as Gov. Snyder plans include reducing civil service workforce by 47,000 employees on October 1st, if $145 dollars in cuts aren’t granted unions and departmental cuts.

The Congressional Black Congress "For the People" Jobs Initiative Tour took a stop by Wayne County Community College in downtown Detroit on August 16th. Over 70 area employers participating on site including General Motors, Frito-Lay and Belleville based General Electric corporation

U.S. Representatives John Conyers (D-MI), Hansen Clarke (D-MI), Maxine Waters (D-CA) Gregory Meeks (D-NY) and Emanuel Cleaver II from the CBC, held a Town Hall event directly after the Job Fair where over 150 local residents participated in a question and answer session regarding job legislation in Washington, D.C. The event was moderated by Jeff Johnson, MSNBC Correspondent and Senior Writer at The Grio.

Reach Out Job Search Podcast will broadcast a replay of the entire Town Hall Event, on Thursday August 18th, beginning at 8:00 PM on the Blog Talk Radio Network.

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