So, as of October 1st Michigan families will only be able to receive cash assistance for 48 months. I don’t know if this is exclusive to new families receiving cash assistance only, so how will families be affected who have received cash assistance prior to Oct. 1st?
Either way, there are simply not enough jobs here. Michigan has an almost 11% unemployment rate. While cities like Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw - have unemployment rates through the roof! Detroit alone has a near 50% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE? We suffer a great deal of brain drain because even those with degrees struggle to get jobs or are underemployed. So imagine what it is like for those who don’t have degrees?
Youth unemployment nationwide was the highest it’s ever been last year since the mid 20th century. In the days where every kid seems to have an iphone, laptop, ipod, etc this may not seem to be true but there are kids without a phone let alone internet. Who was on Snyder’s advisory board for this shit?
This is a place once ruled by plants and factories. Where people could get paid $30/hr for positions now worth $12/hr fresh out of high school. And it’s not as easy to say “well, they should just go to school (not back!) and fix themselves.” We’re talking about men and women 45+ who have been laid off or suffered severe paycuts. Where will they get this money to simply go to school and fix their life magically?
In the city, Wayne State alone has reduced the amount of residents its taken in from the city by 20%.
I just don’t understand what the state expects people to do. When people are hungry, have limited access - they must eat. And if people must survive in such dire conditions, we should not be surprised at the acts of desperation, illegal activity, etc that will likely rise in the city.
I love my city, but being honest these conditions are not conducive for anybody’s living. Going home, alone, there are x-amount of burned down houses close to my mother’s house and we lived in a *good* neighborhood. If it’s looking bad for the middle class, what do people think it’s looking like for working class, working class poor, the underclass, etc??
How do you cut cash assistance, not bring in jobs, and close everything from elementary to public schools?? O_O … What are people supposed to do?
Everywhere you turn, conservatives are bemoaning the so-called “mentality of entitlement.”
To hear such folks tell it, the problem with America is that people think they’re owed something. Of course, income support programs, nutritional assistance, or housing subsidies have long been pilloried by the right for this reason — because they ostensibly encourage people to expect someone else (in this case, the government, via the American taxpayer) to support them. But now, the criticisms that were once reserved for programs aimed at helping the poor are being applied even to programs upon which much of the middle class has come to rely, like Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment insurance.
Increasingly one hears conservative politicians and commentators arguing for cuts in these efforts as well, and critiquing those who rely on them for health care, retirement, or income in-between jobs. To the right, the elderly and unemployed apparently refuse to do for self….In other words, there’s something wrong with these people: they’re lazy, have the wrong mindset, and need to get out there and show initiative, presumably the way rich people do.
Though this critique is not solely aimed at persons of color, there is little doubt but that the history of growing opposition to social safety net efforts — which were wildly popular among most whites from the 1930s through most of the 1960s — mirrors, almost perfectly, the time period during which black and brown folks began to gain access, for the first time, to such programs. While blacks, for instance, were largely excluded from Social Security for the first twenty years of its existence, and while very few people of color could access cash benefits until the 1960s, by the 1970s, the rolls of such programs had been opened up, and the public perception was increasingly that those people were the ones using (and abusing) the programs. So in large part, the critique of “entitlement” has been bound up with a racialized narrative of the deserving and undeserving, which can be seen, in many ways, as a racist meme.
And do we even HAVE comprehensive data on American Indian poverty? Cuz unemployment on reservations is basically the rule, not the exception. I mean, it’s why they were even created in the first place…
If you look it up you can find it, but you won’t find it on easy-to-find statistics pages like you will for the four races listed above. So no, it’s not comprehensive. Be prepared to search and search and search. Here’s a small sampling of what I was able to find after much searching.
According to the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development, unemployment on the Navajo Reservation was 43.3% in 1998. As reported in the 1990 Census, unemployment on the Navajo Reservation was 27.9%; in Arizona, the rate was 7.1%, and in New Mexico it was 7.9%. In Gallup, the unemployment rate for Indians was 12.0%; for all Gallup residents, it was 5.8%.
In the barren grasslands of Ziebach County, there’s almost nothing harder to find in winter than a job. This is America’s poorest county, where more than 60 percent of people live at or below the poverty line. At a time when the weak economy is squeezing communities across the nation, recently released census figures show that nowhere are the numbers as bad as here — a county with 2,500 residents, most of them Cheyenne River Sioux Indians living on a reservation. In the coldest months of the year, when seasonal construction work disappears and the South Dakota prairie freezes, unemployment among the Sioux can hit 90 percent.
In the 1990 U.S. Census, Indian residents made up 18.5 percent of the total population of Fremont County. The low income of households on the Wind River Indian Reservation meant that they contributed only 8.5 percent of the county’s total household income. In the 1990s, Fremont County has been one of Wyoming’s more economically depressed areas. Its 1989 per capita income was 80 percent of the state average. Fremont County consistently has the state’s highest rate of unemployment, much of which can be attributed to the exceedingly high unemployment of persons living on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
I’m willing to bet that with the current economy the unemployment rate has gone up. I’d actually be incredibly surprised if it hasn’t. (And please don’t try the whole ” but casinos!” argument. There are very few tribes that have an extremely successful casino.)
Thanks for finding all this! I was just copying from the data I was able to find, so there were definitely holes. Such as, yeah, none of the data included indigenous people.
Thanks so much for finding this!!!
In a move without precedent in the modern era, Republican congressional leaders including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) have penned a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urging him not to take any steps to help the economy.
If I lived in a city, I would be printing copies of this to leave around unemployment offices, on random bus seats, in laundry mats - places where folks who may not pay that close attention to politics, but who are hurting might find and read it. The regular news programs people are more likely to watch than the 24 hour news programs we junkies follow, probably won’t cover this.
At a food pantry in a Chicago suburb, a 38-year-old mother of two breaks into tears.
She and her husband have been out of work for nearly two years. Their house and car are gone. So is their foothold in the middle class and, at times, their self-esteem.
“It’s like there is no way out,” says Kris Fallon.
She is trapped like so many others, destitute in the midst of America’s abundance. Last week, the Census Bureau released new figures showing that nearly one in six Americans lives in poverty — a record 46.2 million people. The poverty rate, pegged at 15.1 percent, is the highest of any major industrialized nation, and many experts believe it could get worse before it abates.
The numbers are daunting — but they also can seem abstract and numbing without names and faces.
Associated Press reporters around the country went looking for the people behind the numbers. They were not hard to find.
But it is such a hardship to pay more taxes on a 6 figure income.