Saturday, December 19, 2009
Michigan: Many Unemployed are DEPRESSED!
Things are getting ugly here in Michigan, and Detroit is the epic center of the state's economic plight. Nearly half of the Detroit's workers are now unemployed. The situation is so bad that state welfare workers are protesting the state's lack of staffing for welfare offices. About 50 Human Services employees rallied in Sterling Heights to warn Lansing that the situation was reaching critical mass.
If you have time, please view the articles below. As for myself, I don't need to read the articles to know how bad things are here in Michigan. I am currently living in Flint, MI, and I can verify how hard it is to find a job.
I have a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and sociology, three years of office experience at a university and two years of experience working with at-risk youth at two high schools. When I went to the University of Michigan-Flint, I envisioned myself providing guidance for at-risk teenagers as a juvenile probation officer. Now, I'm looking high and low for any job that I can get. I've applied for jobs as a clerk, assistant, receptionist, cashier, maintenance, bagger and just about any service job you can imagine.
Some of my friends have spent so much time looking for work that they've simply given up. A lot of people are not only discouraged, but depressed. I haven't lost hope. I believe in myself, but I have to say, it's getting hard, very hard.