2011 Labor Day Report

Aug. 31, 2011
Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436

More than half of jobless search six months or longer for new jobs
African American unemployment rises even as it falls overall

More than half of Michigan’s unemployed adults of prime working age (25-54) last year spent a half year or longer looking for jobs – the longest on record, the 2011 Labor Day Report from the Michigan League for Human Services concludes.

Even though overall unemployment decreased in 2010 compared with the previous year, the share of long-term unemployed (those out of work 26 weeks or longer) reached the 50 percent mark, which is far higher than even the early 1980s recession. For those of prime working age, 55 percent of unemployed were out of work for 26 weeks or longer. The data has been tracked since 1979. (more…)

Welfare legislation heads to Snyder’s desk

The Michigan House today approved welfare reform legislation that will put a four-year limit on cash assistance from the state to able-bodied residents, if approved by Gov. Rick Snyder. Aug. 25, 2011 — Crain’s Detroit Business

Editorial: Protecting Michigan’s children now helps protect our futures

Given Michigan’s dire child poverty statistics emerging from last week’s Kids Count report, it’s heartening to know there is at least one countervailing trend: the free breakfast and lunch program for all children in Detroit Public Schools this year. Aug. 21, 2011 — Detroit Free Press

Statement on 48-month limit

Aug. 24, 2011
Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436

Michigan children losing ground at start of school year
Passage of House Bills 4409, 4410 moves us in the wrong direction

 “The passage of House Bills 4409 and 4410 will negatively affect children across the state. As Michigan recovers from a deep, deep recession and jobs remain in short supply, this is the wrong time to implement this policy. (more…)

Statement on FIP cutoff

August 22, 2011
Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436 or jputnam@milhs.org

Communities, families need to know about cash cutoff
Michigan misses opportunity to shore up unemployment system, too

With less than six weeks to go before thousands of Michigan families with children are expected to lose their cash assistance grants, too little information has been given to families, caseworkers, nonprofits, charities and community leaders about the impact of the changes that may cause a new wave of homelessness among children in our state. (more…)

75,000 more Michigan kids in poverty

Nationally, child poverty leaped 18 percent between 2000 and 2009. In Michigan, however, it rose a whopping 64 percent, the  2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book reports. That means 75,000 more children in the state are living below the federal poverty line ($22,700 for a two-parent family with two children) and nearly one in every four children in Michigan are in poverty. (more…)

75,000 more Michigan children are living in poverty. What are Rick Snyder and the Legislature going to do about it?

If you’d like to see what Michigan’s recession looks like up close and personal, flip through the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s new Kids Count report. It’s a sobering look at child suffering. Aug. 19, 2011 — mlive.com

Local Charities See Increase In Need

The latest Kids Count report released Wednesday shows child poverty is a growing problem in Michigan. Aug. 17, 2011 — WLNS.com

Child Poverty In Michigan Continues To Rise

There has been a 64 percent increase in the child poverty rate in Michigan over the past decade, according to an annual “Kid’s Count” report from the Michigan League for Human Services. Aug.1 7, 2011 —  Interlochen Public Radio

One more blow

Michigan poised to slash 13,000 families from welfare forever.  Aug. 17, 2011 — Metro Times

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