Madeline Garcia
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One of the repercussions of the pandemic has been higher unemployment levels and a greater number of people in need of assistance.  For many service agencies and institutions, volunteers have become even more invaluable in serving the mission of meeting those needs.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair spoke with Madeline Garcia from the United Way of Washtenaw County Volunteer Center about volunteerism in a most unusual year.   

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign a series of bills adopted by the Legislature as part of a deal on the state’s response to COVID-19.  It includes extending unemployment benefits for people who lost their jobs during the health crisis.  Rick Pluta reports.

Debbie Dingell
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The number of coronavirus cases has surpassed 4.5 million.  COVID-19 deaths now top 154,000.  At the same time, extra unemployment benefits expire today, and an expiration of moratoriums on evictions could lead to much higher levels of homelessness.  Yet, there is still no agreement in Congress on the next relief and stimulus package.  12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell discussed those topics and the uncertainty about the start of a new school year in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair. 

Washtenaw County Workforce Impacted By COVID-19

Jun 1, 2020
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The Washtenaw Economic Club has released its “2020 Washtenaw County Economic Outlook” report.  

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Michigan lost more than a million jobs from March to April, largely due to COVID-19 related layoffs.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, that led to a record-setting 22.7% state unemployment rate.

Michigan’s unemployment rate remained unchanged last month. That’s according to the latest jobless numbers compiled by the state.   We have details from Rick Pluta.

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Michigan’s monthly job rate has dropped slightly.  But it’s not because more people are working.  

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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate remains unchanged at 4.8%. 

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Washtenaw County’s economic forecast for this year is looking bright.


The state says Michigan's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since May of 2008, and the Ann Arbor office of Manpower, Incorporated says that certainly appears to be the case locally.

Ann Arbor Manpower President Susan Carlson says they're businesses are definitely hiring.
She says her office sees the most requests for hiring in the manufacturing sector, but areas such as information technology, health care and customer service are also looking for employees.

State Jobless Rate Drops

Jan 22, 2014
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Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percentage point last month to eight-point-four percent.