It’s jobs or so-long for Detroit


We are rapidly approaching the tipping point.

The unemployment rate nationwide has now reached 8.1 percent. In Michigan, we are expected to lose 108,000 jobs in 2009 and our unemployment rate is expected to reach 10.5 percent and stay in double digits for at least the next year.

And in Detroit? The unemployment rate is now 22.2 percent.

That’s a 26-year high, but just repeating that statistic by itself doesn’t really deliver the wheeze-inducing body blow required to prompt the kind of immediate, drastic holy-shit-we-better-do-s0mething-right-damned-now kinda behavior we need. And just to give you a clue of what I’m talking about, we need to act like 9-11 just happened in Detroit.

And it did. Only this time Osama didn’t have a damned thing to do with it.

Detroit’s jobless rate hits 26-year high at 22.2%

It tops mark for metro area, Michigan


The unemployment rate in Detroit hit 22.2% during January, the highest rate in 26 years.

January’s rate marked a sharp jump from the city’s December rate of 18.6%. As reported earlier, Michigan’s unemployment rate for January was 11.6%.

For many years, unemployment in the city has run higher than the state or suburban areas.

The rate for the entire Detroit area in January was 13%, up from 10.6% in December and up several percentage points from the 8.2% rate recorded in January 2008.

Even at more than 20%, Detroit’s rate may not capture the depth of economic pain in the city because people who have stopped looking for work or who can find only part-time jobs are not counted in the rate.

There was a lot of pain to go around. Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates rose sharply during the month in all of Michigan’s 17 major labor-market areas, according to the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.

“Typically in Michigan, jobless rates rise seasonally in the winter months. However, this January, many of the rate increases were fueled by the deteriorating economy,” said Rick Waclawek, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives. “Temporary and permanent job cuts in auto-related manufacturing over the month were substantial.”

Contact JOHN GALLAGHER at 313-222-5173 or

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~ by Keith A. Owens on March 24, 2009.

One Response to “It’s jobs or so-long for Detroit”

  1. afro blogging…that’s nice and racist…why does everything have to be about race…why cant whites blog with blacks. Even the background is black on the website and I AM A BLACK MALE making this comment

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