Unemployment In Detroit Pushing 50%?

unemploymentNearly one out of two workers in Detroit are unemployed, according to a report by The Detroit News. It's a figure far higher than the government's official figure, which is still close to a staggering 30 percent.

But the newspaper says that rate doesn't take everything into account. For every person who is still looking and collecting unemployment, there are scores of others who have had benefits run out, accepted a part-time position, taken early retirement or a job outside of their regular field.

Here's how the paper arrived at it's assessment:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that for the year that ended in September, Michigan's official unemployment rate was 12.6 percent. Using the broadest definition of unemployment, the state unemployment rate was 20.9 percent, or 66 percent higher than the official rate. Since Detroit's official rate for October was 27 percent, that broader rate pushes the city's rate to as high as 44.8 percent.

The report says at least 100,000 in the city have given up the job search all together. Think about that number for a second. There is a small population-within-a-population that has just given up. The job market is so bad in Detroit that this group is betting it's better to just throw in the towel than continue to be silently mocked by their job search.

Also, if you tell the unemployment office you stopped looking for a job more than a year ago you're not counted in the official tally.

Detroit has been the poster child city for how quickly a city can spiral downward in an economic decline. Scores of major car making plants have been shut down, leaving thousands of workers in the dust. Then, you have suppliers shutting down who once made a living producing parts for the factories. Finally, with no employees working nearby, restaurants close up shop because nobody's stopping in for a breakfast, lunch or dinner. Mix all of that in with the stagnant real estate market and it's a recipe for disaster.

Even the city's mayor - Dave Bing - agrees with the more realistic assessment. At the recent White House Job Summit he pegged the city's unemployment rate as "closer to 50 percent." He is urging the government to start sending money Detroit's way so it can be used for city clean-up projects and infrastructure development that will put some people to work.

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Let's see...a union town who's increased demands have put their employers out of business, are now surprised and angry that they don't have a job...unions have put the steel industry, the railroad industry and now the automobile industry out of business. Why do you think the businesses are moving offshore? NO UNIONS!
The unions aren't the only problem but most definitely have been a part of it and don't expect a liberal to understand this as they are part of the problem also............

February 03 2010 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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January 03 2010 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does anyone every monitor what's being posted by some IGNORANT AMERICANS!

December 28 2009 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Agree! Been there, IT IS A WAR ZONE...has been for years years...they created it...no way should anyone feel sorry for them. Unless you see for yourself what "they" have destroyed with your own eyes, you really don't get it! Animals!!!!!

December 23 2009 at 8:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The emails in response to the people in Detroit concerns me. There seems to be alot of responders that dislike the blacks because of their color. First off the auto workers are losing their jobs because of our Government's laws and the United Auto Wokers Union. Black and White take advantage of the lax laws that protect the worker and neither are worth the hourly rate they get for tightening a bolt. A chinese worker will tighten the same bolt for 1.50 an hour and won't fake an accident and collect worker's compensation. Keep your crap up and you all will be looking for a job.

December 23 2009 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I could care less about their color, it's their STUPIDITY in supporting these LIB DEM IDIOTS who got us in this MESS and then they vote for there MORONS again!!!! It's hard to feel sorry for these IDIOTS who put the Socialist Imposter in office so WE lose our jobs too because of their STUPIDITY and IGNORANCE!!!!

December 23 2009 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is not a time for racist talk; its time to help people understand. An entire race of people were fooled by the lies of a fast-talking, Chicago-bred politician backed and schooled by vicious America haters. A good wake up call for everyone not to believe everything they hear.....do the homework on politicians. Many of them are as dishonest as the day is long and concerned only with their re-election.

December 23 2009 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Its no wonder Obama doesn't show his face in Detroit! He doesn't dare. He sends Biden to come here and speak some more of his garble. Its a good time for Detroiters to re-evaluate their choice of candidates and make some good CHANGEs in 2010 and 2012.

December 23 2009 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


December 21 2009 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

your mama

December 21 2009 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are you getting the change you voted for ? That what you get from an oreo. Now I guess you are denying the black half. All I can say GOTCHA!!!!!!!

December 21 2009 at 3:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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