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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Feel our pain

It's not how we wanted to find sympathy, but more people are
experiencing what we in Michigan have felt for a few years now.
Unemployment numbers show more states are hitting double-digit
percentages of their workforce not working, according to a recent
story by The Associated Press.
The bigger picture calls for a possible 10 percent rate for the
nation by the year's end, but a more narrow look shows that maybe
more leaders will express some sympathy to our plight instead of
taking cheap shots at us, or our lead industry, the automakers.
Four states are now above 10 percent, where we have been for a while
now. In December, we were the only state in double digits; one month
later, California, South Carolina and Rhode Island have now joined us
in what is really a symbolic problem. Eleven percent is only a little
worse than 9.8 percent, but in an economy that requires confidence,
that extra digit is a big deal.
I'm not sure if this is true, as I was a youngster then, but I
remember a teacher once noting that under Reagan, employment
calculating was changed to bring the military into the population,
helping drop the then-unemployment rate over 10 percent to single
digits.
Of course, we can't play number games now, (or can we?) but I'm
afraid the numbers will continue to grow higher.
But maybe at least they will stop saying, Let the auto industry fail.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

admire your work, always good reporting. But how about following up on some events? For instance--The Steven Cal murder/ Any progress? Many people, friends and family and nabors affected by such a crime and all are in limbo

April 5, 2009 at 10:52 AM 
Blogger Stephen Frye said...

You're right. We'll take a look at it and see if we can get some information, as it is a rare occurrence for Commerce Township and it remains open. Doesn't mean they don't know what happened, but they have not announced any arrests.

We're right up on the one-month anniversary. Hope it gets solved. It's sad when you have to keep looking back on an open case that lingers, much like the double homicide from Waterford Township, which was found on July 4th weekend of 2005 -- couple shot in their bed. It's heartbreaking watching a family wait and wait.

April 7, 2009 at 8:31 AM 

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