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Making sense of the complex unemployment numbers

Jul 10, 2020
On July 2nd, the Labor Department reported that 4.8 million jobs had been added, and unemployment stood at 11% - still higher than it was at the peak of the Great Recession in 2008 — with 17.8 million Americans still out of work. Ford School...

Michigan's unemployed struggle to access state system

May 20, 2020
Kristin Seefeldt, associate professor of social work and public policy and faculty by courtesy at the Ford School, says Michigan’s unemployment system was never set up to handle severe drops in unemployment. In an article on Mlive May 15, she was...

Shaefer discusses jump in joblessness that strains safety nets

Mar 27, 2020
With widespread shutdowns of businesses across the country due to COVID-19, states have seen a dramatic rise in the number of unemployed and those seeking unemployment benefits. This week, unemployment claims jumped 2000% in Michigan, putting the...

Washington Post, Times notes plunge in long-term unemployment

Jul 7, 2014
"The nation has not seen such hefty job gains since the late-1990s tech hiring boom," writes Patrice Hill in a July 3 article in the Washington Times, "Unemployment falls to 6.1 percent amid U.S. hiring surge." Hill cites the most recent Labor...