unemployment

Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Optimism in the face of lost jobless benefits

Daphne Whitfield is a staff volunteer at Tabernacle of David in Lansing. She's one of nearly 45,000 Michigan residents who will lose their federal unemployment insurance benefit on Dec. 28. Whitfield says she's undeterred by the loss. She's a full-time student and is planning to launch her own clothing business soon.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

The holidays can be a stressful time in and of themselves, but some  Michigan residents are bracing for more difficulty.  About 45,000 people in the state who are currently receiving unemployment insurance through a federal extension program will lose that benefit by the end of the month.

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NewsRoom
4:41 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Unemployment Drug Testing Bill Clears State Senate

People who fail or refuse to take a drug test as part of a job search could see their unemployment benefits revoked.

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NewsRoom
5:43 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Senate Panel Approves Cutting Off Unemployment For Failed Drug Test

Michiganders who fail or refuse to take a drug test as part of a job search would lose their unemployment benefits under a bill in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
5:25 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Michigan Jobless Rate Drops To 8.5%

Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped slightly to eight-point-five percent.

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NewsRoom
2:58 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Michigan Jobless Rate Falls 0.3 points to 8.5%

The state says Michigan's unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage points to 8.5 percent in the latest month, as number of people working rose while the number of jobless people shrank.

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NewsRoom
2:52 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Michigan Agency Reverses Unemployment Fraud Decision

Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency is taking back its decision to only attend administrative insurance fraud hearings when large sums of money are at risk.

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NewsRoom
4:15 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Jobless Rates Fall Across Michigan, Rise Up North

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Unemployment figures have dropped for the majority of Michigan's regional labor markets, but have risen up north. 

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NewsRoom
5:47 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

MI Jobless Rate Dips In October

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Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate dipped slightly in October, and is down almost a full point from where it was at this time last year. It’s still higher than the national average. 

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NewsRoom
5:26 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Snyder: Don’t Rely On Monthly Jobs Report To Make Voting Choices

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Governor Rick Snyder says he doesn’t think voters should base their election decisions on month-to-month changes in jobs numbers. The nation’s new unemployment rate was released Friday. 

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Mich. Reports 2nd Straight Big Jobless Rate Drop

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Michigan is reporting a second straight big drop in unemployment, with the rate down 2.1 percentage points in two months.

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

State's Jobless Rate Dropped By 1 Point Over Past 12 Months

Kevin_P morgueFile

Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped in September for the first time in six months. The decline was a very slight one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.3%.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

MI Jobless Rate Inches Higher

Kevin_P morgueFile

Michigan’s unemployment rate rose in August.

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NewsRoom
6:27 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Unadjusted Unemployment Rates Up in 17 MI Labor Areas

Kevin_P morgueFile

Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were up last month in each of Michigan's 17 major labor market areas.

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NewsRoom
7:06 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

April Jobless Rate Drops to 8.3% Amid Reports of Slow Improvement

Kevin_P morgueFile

Michigan’s unemployment rate fell to 8.3% in April – a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point.

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NewsRoom
3:01 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Snyder to sign laws lowering worker benefit costs

LANSING, MI (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is getting ready to sign bills aimed at saving Michigan employers money on unemployment insurance and worker's compensation benefits. 

He plans to sign the bills at a 3:05 p.m. Monday news conference.

The bills would further limit the ability of a person who was fired for cause or who may have left a job voluntarily from collecting jobless benefits.    

They would require some unemployed workers to take jobs after 10 weeks of benefits even if the jobs are outside the unemployed worker's previous experience or pay lower wages.    

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