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Michigan's jobless rate was already high before the current recession started.
Michigan's jobless rate has been 5% higher than the rest of the country since the mid 1970's.
So how does a 5% discrepancy persist for decades? Why aren't Michiganders leaving to follow the jobs?
It appears to me that the second shoe of the recession is about to fall. These numbers are very worrying.
"So how does a 5% discrepancy persist for decades?"Economist/blogger Mark Perry thinks the differentiating factor is unionism, noting that states with right-to-work laws (i.e., non-union employees can't be forced to contribute to union dues) have lower unemployment rates. Two other factors may be involved though: energy costs and taxes on businesses. I noted last year that the state with the highest unemployment rate at the time, Rhode Island, had significantly higher energy costs and a heavier tax burden on businesses than one of the states with the lowest unemployment rates, Utah: A Tale of Two States: Utah versus Rhode Island.
Why aren't Michiganders leaving to follow the jobs?Many do leave Michigan. Michigan has a very liberal electorate because of unions and they have been taking millions of Muslim immigrants. I don't know how the Muslims support themselves though.
Ronduck, Dont let your prejudice to blind you. Muslims work, like everybody else.
I know that the Muslims usually work, since from what I've read a group in Detroit called Chaldeans (muslim?) seem to run every convenience store in the area. What puzzles me is that the Muslims have chosen Michigan as a base, and not some other state. Michigan has some of the highest state taxes in the union, and almost all of its employers seem to be bleeding over the long term. The Black population of the state does some legitimate work and collects welfare, despite that I wouldn't be surprised if many of them have left the state looking for work. A significant minority of the White population has had to leave the state as well. Maybe are all good business men, I don't know. I just don't know how they support themselves, since I have never been to Michigan. Kinda on a related note, Michigan has dug its own grave over the decades, and the jobless rate is proof. I hope when some of these people leave their state looking for work in the southern half of the country that they will have learned their lesson. Many northerners move south and keep voting for the crap that made them poor in the first place.
J, If you click here and look at the right column you will see the unemployment figures for each state. Let me copy a few states numbers below:Michigan 14.1%California 11.5%Texas 7.1%Arizona 8.2%Alaska 8.4%Utah 5.4%Wyoming 5.0%North Dakota 4.4%Nebraska 4.4%The rates fluctuate wildly around the US, with little pattern. Liberal Massachusetts is doing a hell of a lot better than liberal California. Louisiana is doing well too, despite its known problems.
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