jobless http://michiganradio.org en With stalemate in D.C., White House pushes jobless benefits in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/stalemate-dc-white-house-pushes-jobless-benefits-michigan <p>Anybody who's out of work in Michigan knows they can't get an unemployment check for as long as they used to.&nbsp;</p><p>Ever since the federal government stopped offering emergency benefits extensions at the end of last year, Michiganders can get just 20 weeks of jobless benefits.</p><p>They used have up to 99 weeks, back when the recession was at its worst.</p><p>For months now, Democrats and a handful of Republicans have been trying to get those extensions up and running again.&nbsp;</p><p>But some Republicans say no.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:13:00 +0000 Kate Wells 17210 at http://michiganradio.org With stalemate in D.C., White House pushes jobless benefits in Michigan Group says Michigan business owners oppose 'Ban the Box' bill http://michiganradio.org/post/group-says-michigan-business-owners-oppose-ban-box-bill <p>A new poll shows Michigan business owners strongly oppose legislation to prevent them from including a question about criminal convictions on job applications.</p><p></p><p>88% of Michigan business owners polled by the National Federation of Independent Business say they oppose the ‘Ban the Box’ bill.</p><p></p><p>Charlie Owens is the NFIB state director. He says it doesn’t make sense to wait until a job offer is made before being able to do a criminal background check.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:20:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 17177 at http://michiganradio.org Group says Michigan business owners oppose 'Ban the Box' bill Program helping Genesee County teens get workplace skills http://michiganradio.org/post/program-helping-genesee-county-teens-get-workplace-skills <p>Hundreds of Genesee County teenagers just completed a program that may help them land a summer job.</p><p></p><p>Teen Quest gives 14 to 19 year olds a chance to learn a variety of skills, from how to apply for a job to how to behave in the workplace.</p><p></p><p>Rhetta Hunyady is the Vice President of Education and Training for the Flint &amp; Genesee Chamber of Commerce.&nbsp;&nbsp; She says it’s very important for young people to learn workplace skills.</p><p></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17028 at http://michiganradio.org Program helping Genesee County teens get workplace skills Boom in domestic energy production helping some industries, but Michigan's jobless rate rises http://michiganradio.org/post/boom-domestic-energy-production-helping-some-industries-michigans-jobless-rate-rises <p>Manufacturers are taking advantage of lower domestic oil and gas prices, and many of them are using those cost savings to hire more workers.</p><p></p><p>The boom in domestic oil and natural gas production is fueling growth in manufacturing across the country and especially in urban areas, according to <a href="http://www.usmayors.org/pressreleases/uploads/2014/0320-report-MetroEconomiesManufacturing.pdf">a new report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.</a></p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:11:50 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 16921 at http://michiganradio.org Boom in domestic energy production helping some industries, but Michigan's jobless rate rises Washington's debate over extending federal jobless benefits heads home http://michiganradio.org/post/washingtons-debate-over-extending-federal-jobless-benefits-heads-home <p>Congress is on recess.</p><p></p><p>So <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/12/19/255454237/why-congress-didnt-extend-unemployment-benefits">the debate </a>over <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/07/260195532/divided-senate-to-vote-on-extending-unemployment-benefits">extending federal emergency unemployment benefits</a> has moved from Washington to local congressional districts.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The benefits were created during the recession to help the long-term unemployed.&nbsp;&nbsp; But the emergency benefits expired at the end of December.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:22:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 16078 at http://michiganradio.org Washington's debate over extending federal jobless benefits heads home Time running out to extend federal jobless benefits http://michiganradio.org/post/time-running-out-extend-federal-jobless-benefits <p>Time is running out for more than 43 thousand Michiganders whose federal unemployment benefits are set to expire next week.</p><p></p><p>Jobless benefits were extended for the long-term unemployed during the recession.</p><p></p><p>Unless Congress passes another extension, the benefits will end December 28th.</p><p></p><p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow is among those pushing for an extension.</p><p></p><p>“We have tens of thousands of people in Michigan that are going to lose their help right after Christmas,” says Stabenow, “That’s shameful. There’s no reason for it.”</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:02:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15760 at http://michiganradio.org Time running out to extend federal jobless benefits There may be fewer Help Wanted signs in Michigan at the start of next year http://michiganradio.org/post/there-may-be-fewer-help-wanted-signs-michigan-start-next-year <p></p><p><a href="http://www.manpowergroupsolutions.com/DataExplorer/">Manpower </a>says slightly fewer Michigan companies plan to hire new employees in the beginning of next year.&nbsp;</p><p>The human resources company surveyed Michigan business owners for its first quarter Employment Outlook Survey.</p><p>Manpower says 18% of Michigan companies plan to hire new workers between January and March. That’s down from about 22% in the fourth quarter of this year.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:15:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15613 at http://michiganradio.org There may be fewer Help Wanted signs in Michigan at the start of next year Drug test failure could imperil jobless benefits http://michiganradio.org/post/drug-test-failure-could-imperil-jobless-benefits <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Jobseekers who refuse or fail an employer drug test would put their unemployment benefits at risk under legislation that has cleared the state House.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">The measure would create a one-year pilot project to try out the idea. Employers would not have to participate, but could choose to report to the state if a job applicant either refuses to take a drug test, or fails one.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:26:05 +0000 Rick Pluta 14613 at http://michiganradio.org Drug test failure could imperil jobless benefits In this morning's headlines: jobless rate, census data, Pontiac schools avoid EM http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-jobless-rate-census-data-pontiac-schools-avoid-em <p><strong>Michigan jobless rate increases to 9 percent</strong></p><p>"Michigan lost a net 7,000 jobs last month to bring the state’s unemployment rate to 9 percent. This is the third month in a row the state’s jobless rate has increased," Rick Pluta<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-jobless-rate-rising"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>Census shows Michigan is doing well with retirement income, bad with health insurance and household income</strong></p><p>New Census data sheds light on where Michigan stands nationally in regards to income, poverty and health insurance. As the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130919/NEWS06/309190045/U-s-census-bureau-release-data-retirement-income-poverty-income-health-insurance-rates">reports</a>, Michigan is among one of the top states for the number of people who have retirement income.</p><blockquote><p>"Nearly 1 in 4 Michigan households has retirement income. . . Michigan’s median household income remains lower than the national average, while the state has fewer uninsured residents than the national average."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Pontiac Schools to have consent agreement, no emergency manager</strong></p><p>"The Pontiac Board of Education has approved a consent agreement with the state to deal with a financial emergency in the district, avoiding the appointment of an emergency manager," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:01:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14497 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: jobless rate, census data, Pontiac schools avoid EM Unemployment drug testing bill moves forward in Michigan Legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/unemployment-drug-testing-bill-moves-forward-michigan-legislature <p>A bill to cut off unemployment benefits from people who fail drug tests has cleared a state House committee. The bill passed largely along party lines.</p><p>House Bill 4952 would cut off unemployment benefits from people who fail a drug test as part of a job search. It would treat them as if they had turned down a suitable job while receiving unemployment checks.</p><p>State Rep. Frank Foster (R-Petoskey) chairs the House Commerce Committee.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:53:40 +0000 Jake Neher 14492 at http://michiganradio.org Unemployment drug testing bill moves forward in Michigan Legislature Michigan's jobless rate is rising http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-jobless-rate-rising <p>Michigan’s unemployment rate has edged upward for the third month in a row hitting 9%.</p><p>The number of unemployed job seekers in Michigan jumped slightly from 418 thousand to 425 thousand. That brings the state’s jobless rate back to where it was at the beginning of the year.</p><p>The increase was due almost entirely to job losses and not to people rejoining the workforce and boosting competition for existing positions.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:54:20 +0000 Rick Pluta 14489 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's jobless rate is rising New job seekers outpacing new jobs blamed for a slight rise in Michigan's unemployment rate in July http://michiganradio.org/post/new-job-seekers-outpacing-new-jobs-blamed-slight-rise-michigans-unemployment-rate-july <p>Michigan’s unemployment rate ticked up one tenth of one percent in July to 8.8%.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It’s the second consecutive month the state’s jobless number went up.&nbsp;&nbsp; The increase is blamed on the number of new job seekers entering the market outpacing the number of job openings.</p><p></p><p>Bruce Weaver is an economic analyst for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.&nbsp; He says the rising unemployment number should not be a concern.</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:32:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 13990 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's jobless rate ticks up http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-jobless-rate-ticks <p>Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate jumped slightly to 8.7%, as more people are competing for jobs.</p><p></p><p>There are actually about 9 thousand more people working in Michigan.&nbsp; But there are also more people who told the government’s monthly employment survey that they are looking for work.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s rate of unemployment and under-employment is 16.1%. That includes people who’ve stopped looking for work or part-timers who’d like to be full-time.</p><p></p><p>The state’s jobless rate from this point 12 months ago is down six-tenths of a percentage point.</p><p></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:24:58 +0000 Rick Pluta 13587 at http://michiganradio.org Finding jobs for young people in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/finding-jobs-young-people-michigan <p>Michigan’s teen unemployment rate is more than double the state’s overall jobless rate.</p><p></p><p>State and local officials say limits on federal grants intended to promote youth employment are partly to blame.</p><p></p><p>State labor officials say a quarter of Michigan teens who want a job can’t find one this summer. &nbsp;&nbsp;And they say part of the problem is the number of requirements on youth employment programs that are funded with federal grants.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 04:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13307 at http://michiganradio.org Finding jobs for young people in Michigan Michigan's jobless rate dips again, total workforce rises http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-jobless-rate-dips-again-total-workforce-rises <p>Michigan’s unemployment rate declined by one tenth of one percentage point last month.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s April unemployment rate was 8.4%, down seven tenths of a percentage point from April of 2012. The state’s jobless rate has been on the decline since last September.</p><p>The biggest gains last month were found in the leisure, manufacturing and health services industries, while professional and business services posted a big decline.</p><p></p><p>And the state’s latest labor numbers are not just about people with jobs.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 18:56:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 12586 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan teenagers may have a better chance of landing a summer job http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-teenagers-may-have-better-chance-landing-summer-job <p>Michigan labor officials say teenagers may have a better chance this year of landing a summer job.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the summer of 2010, at the height of the recession, teen summer unemployment was pegged at 35 percent.</span></p><p>State economic analyst Bruce Weaver predicts this summer teen unemployment should be closer to 25 percent.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The types of industries that tend to hire teens … which primarily fall in the service and retail sector … have added jobs in Michigan over the past several years,” says Weaver. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 19:06:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12541 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan teenagers may have a better chance of landing a summer job Michigan's unemployment rate dipped in February http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-unemployment-rate-dipped-february <p>Michigan’s employment picture brightened a bit in February.</p><p></p><p>The Michigan Department of Technology, Management &amp; Budget says the state’s jobless rate dipped slightly in February, down one tenth of one percent, to 8.8%.&nbsp;&nbsp; Michigan's unemployment rate has been declining since last August.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>In real numbers, total employment increased by 15,000 jobs over the month while the number of unemployed declined slightly by 3,000.</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:56:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11900 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan jobless rate up 0.4 points to 9 percent http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-jobless-rate-04-points-9-percent <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's unemployment rate is on the rise, jumping 0.4 percentage points to 9 percent in the latest figures from the state.<br><br> The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July that was released Wednesday remains 1.6 percentage points below July 2011's rate of 10.6 percent. The national rate has fallen 0.8 percentage points in that time.<br><br> The Michigan Department of Technology, Management &amp; Budget says the number of jobless state residents actively seeking work rose by 19,000 in July, while the size of the state's labor force was little changed. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:20:44 +0000 The Associated Press 8694 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan jobless rate up 0.4 points to 9 percent State of Opportunity: Even short-term parental joblessness can be a long-term problem for kids http://michiganradio.org/post/state-opportunity-even-short-term-parental-joblessness-can-be-long-term-problem-kids <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>This week, Michigan Radio&#39;s <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/even-short-term-job-loss-parents-can-turn-long-term-problem-kids">State of Opportunity</a> reporter <span class="submitted"><span content="2012-08-08T01:00:00-04:00" rel="sioc:has_creator"><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/people/dustin-dwyer" rel="author">Dustin Dwyer</a></span></span> delved into one of the uncomfortable truths of the Great Recession: that kids were among the hardest hit.</p><p>He writes that in 2010, one out of three kids in this country lived in a house where neither parent had full-time, year-round work. He says the recession affected everyone in America, rich and poor. But some groups were hit worse: people with no college degree, African-Americans and children.</p><p>Click <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/even-short-term-job-loss-parents-can-turn-long-term-problem-kids">here</a> to follow Dwyer as he interviews parents feeling the effects of unemployment.</p><p>Check back in to the <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a> website to read and listen to new stories every week.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 15:39:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8599 at http://michiganradio.org State of Opportunity: Even short-term parental joblessness can be a long-term problem for kids Michigan's jobless rate edged higher in May http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-jobless-rate-edged-higher-may <p>Michigan&rsquo;s unemployment rate ticked up last month.</p><p>Michigan&rsquo;s unemployment rate rose two tenths of one percent in May to 8.5%. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 18:45:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 7873 at http://michiganradio.org