Category Archives: Unemployment

UPDATE: Saginaw’s east side schools to potentially close down

Funding and enrollment issues surrounding the Saginaw School District are beginning to resemble the closure of Buena Vista, last year.

Parents, students and faculty of Saginaw High, Ruben Daniels and Heavenrich Elementary will know their fate on Saturday.

Yesterday, the board was expected to vote on the closure of all three schools located on Saginaw’s east side.

M-Live reported this morning that the vote for the original proposal to close the schools was delayed, 6-1, until Saturday.

Saginaw Superintendent Carlton Jenkins and his administration originally proposed a restructure of the district. It would include the school closures, moving students and making cuts.

Recently, the Michigan Department of Education was unable to approve Saginaw Public School’s 2013-14 Deficit Elimination Plan.

According to a letter sent to Saginaw from the department, the state is concerned the district is not making significant changes in its operations to mitigate increases in its current deficit.

In addition, the letter said that Saginaw will be given until Monday, February 10, to come up with a viable Deficit Elimination Plan.

If a viable plan is not approved, the state will withhold the district’s February state-aid payment of just under $5 million.

MI monthly jobless rate remains at 8.4 percent in May

BY RICK PLUTA
Michigan Public Radio Network

Michigan’s monthly jobless rate remained unchanged from April to May at 8.4 percent.
The number of payroll jobs increased last month. So did the number of unemployed people. And so did competition for positions as more jobseekers entered the workforce. 
Michigan’s unemployment rate is eight-tenths of a percentage point lower than it was at this time last year. That outpaced the drop in the national rate, which is six-tenths of a percentage point lower. The professional services and hospitality sectors led the month-to-month job gains. There were slight declines in education and healthcare. Manufacturing gained the most jobs since this time last year. 
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MEDC announces $173 million in community investments

BY JESI MUNGUIA
Five business expansions and four community improvement projects across the state are expected to generate millions of dollars in investment and create over 1,000 new jobs in Michigan. 
Governor Snyder said the projects will strengthen Michigan communities and create more jobs in the state. 
Steve Hilfinger is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the MEDC. He said, he is happy to support the idea of making Michigan the comeback state. 
“If you look at some of the improvements that have been made in the business climate in the last two years it’s really extraordinary to get to where we are now from where we were you know just two years ago. In terms of our unemployment rate, job growth the way we are being perceived by businesses and site selectives around the country,” Hilfinger said.
Hilfinger said, Michigan is becoming a model for other states on how to improve the business climate.

Michigan jobless rate drops to 8.5 percent

BY RICK PLUTA
Michigan Public Radio Network
Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped slightly to eight-point-five percent. 
This is the state’s lowest jobless rate in five years.
The drop in the monthly jobless rate was actually a change from recent history because it is due to 17 thousand more people being added to payrolls, and not because people were leaving the workforce and no longer competing for jobs. 
Most of the job gains in March were in temporary help, and business services like IT and accounting. There were some job losses in the volatile retail and construction sectors. 
The new rate is also half a percentage point lower than it was at this time last year. That was led by improvements over the year in plastics and auto-related manufacturing, healthcare, and mortgage banking. 
But Michigan’s unemployment rate remains higher than the national rate of seven-point-six percent.
Copyright 2013, MPRN

Michigan jobless rate unchanged in December, but job numbers improve in 2012

BY JAKE NEHER
Michigan Public Radio Network
Michigan’s unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate stayed at 8.9 percent, the same rate reported in November. State officials said overall job gains have leveled off since last summer.
But state budget department analyst Bruce Weaver said 2012 was still a good year for Michigan jobs.
“The unemployment rate in Michigan averaged 8.9 percent for the entire year. That’s well below the unemployment rate we had a year ago, back in 2011, when the rate was 10.3.” Weaver said.
Weaver said the biggest job gains came from the manufacturing industry, both in December and throughout 2012.
The national unemployment rate last month was 7.8 percent. The U.S. rate also did not change between November and December.
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MI jobless rate dips in October

BY RICK PLUTA
Michigan Public Radio Network
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.
The new jobless rate is nine-point-one percent.
Bruce Weaver is an economist with the state Bureau of Labor Information. He said the state is adding thousands of jobs each month, but more people are also competing for jobs.  
“So, essentially, what the state has recorded is a small rise in the size of the workforce since late last year and we’ve had some relatively modest job growth.”
Manufacturing, temp services, and business services like IT and accounting are adding jobs. Construction, retail, and local governments cut jobs over the past 12 months.   
The state’s combined rate of unemployment and under-employment is also going down, it’s almost two points below where it was a year ago.
Copyright 2012, MPRN