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High Jobless Rates in Michigan Cities Force Exodus
Michigan Messenger ^ | 10/23/09 | By MINEHAHA FORMAN

Posted on 10/24/2009 6:30:01 PM PDT by Son House

The September unemployment stats for Michigan came out this week and they are high — as expected.

Mlive.com highlighted the statistics on a municipal level, showing the five cities with the highest jobless rates are all over 25 percent. The cities of Highland Park and Pontiac, which leaned heavily on auto-related employment, had the highest unemployment with 35.2 percent of residents reportedly jobless. Both cities have declared bankruptcy in the recent past. Highland Park recently emerged from state receivership and Pontiac just slipped under state control last year.

While the overall state’s unemployment rate is the highest in the nation at 15.3 percent, the top five hardest hit cities in the state are all former automobile production hubs.

According to Mlive.com:

1.Highland Park 35.2% 1. Pontiac 35.2% 3. Detroit 27.9% 4. Flint 26.3% 5. Port Huron 25.7%

What do these statistics mean for residents in these cities? Many are packing up and heading out of state to find work, like one Detroiter who went as far as creating a website and a PayPal account seeking donations to help him leave the city.

The former Detroiter wrote on his “Help me leave Detroit” page, which features photos of crime and drug houses in his neighborhood:

“I live in Detroit. I am a skilled pipefitter, yet I am unemployed. Detroit’s unemployment rate is at a record 28.7 percent. 1/3 of Detroiters live at or below the poverty line. Crime is rampant. My house has been burglarized 9 times. My car window was bust by a thief who I caught breaking into the house down the street.

The blogging plumber is not alone. In April the Detroit News reported that every 12 minutes Michigan loses a family seeking work. The article noted that approximately 109,000 more people left Michigan in 2008 than moved in.

This state exodus is not helping the situation any. Detroit News’ Ron French writes:

“The families who are leaving — young, well-educated high-income earners — are the people the state desperately needs to rebuild.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: bluestates; exodus; force; jobless; michigan
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Unemployment rate, the top five hardest hit cities in the state, According to Mlive.com:

1.Highland Park 35.2% 1. Pontiac 35.2% 3. Detroit 27.9% 4. Flint 26.3% 5. Port Huron 25.7%

^ I know a guy who moved out of Detroit because of getting robbed in his own Neighborhood, Democrats have no idea what they are doing with their Stimulus bill, Lord have Mercy on us all!

Oh, I was watching COPS tonight, and just thought what was the unemployment rates doing to the crime rates, I now get the feeling we may never get to the bottom of it. Cops here are swamped with over 2000 arrest warrants alone, and that's before they get any 911 calls

1 posted on 10/24/2009 6:30:02 PM PDT by Son House
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To: Son House

The Jews are leaving MI?


2 posted on 10/24/2009 6:32:03 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Son House

Watch for emigrants to bring their high taxes and excessive regulations to a city near you. :D


3 posted on 10/24/2009 6:34:35 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Paladin2

Tell old Granholm, “b*****, let my people go!”


4 posted on 10/24/2009 6:34:39 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Son House

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-5161925-ghost-town-bodie-california.php


5 posted on 10/24/2009 6:34:46 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Son House
Something about Democrats.....


6 posted on 10/24/2009 6:36:05 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici
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To: Son House

And yet, Grosse Point. MI is completely uneffected by the FAILING Michigan economy.

How DO the rich do it? ;)


7 posted on 10/24/2009 6:36:26 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Son House

destroyed by the progressives.

if our enemies had done this,

the u.s. would rise up.

but relax folks, it’s the democrat-rino plantation.


8 posted on 10/24/2009 6:36:37 PM PDT by ken21 (i am not voting for a rino-progressive.)
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To: Son House

This is our generation’s version of “The Grapes of Wrath.” But while Oklahoma eventually recovered, Michigan’s cities are headed to permanent 3rd world status. The productive people are leaving the parasites behind.


9 posted on 10/24/2009 6:36:52 PM PDT by henkster (0bamanomics: The "Final Solution" to America's "Prosperity Question.")
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To: Son House

Just go out and shake your mail boxes. Gov. Granholm thinks it’s important.

Smart comments aside, Michigan is a beautiful state with great people. Politicians and unions can ruin anything.


10 posted on 10/24/2009 6:36:52 PM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: Son House

A Dem state run by Dem thugs.

Hows that Hope & Change working out for you?


11 posted on 10/24/2009 6:37:17 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Son House

Wait I thought the recession was over.


12 posted on 10/24/2009 6:37:58 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: dr_who

http://www.atr.org/granholm-turns-up-tax-hike-rhetoric-a4084


13 posted on 10/24/2009 6:38:06 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Granholm won't let anyone with a buck leave until she's bled them completely dry)
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To: Son House

Detroit population 1950 = 1,849,568
Detroit Population 2000 = 951,270
http://www.somacon.com/p469.php


14 posted on 10/24/2009 6:39:05 PM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: rdl6989

And in the next election, the people of Michigan will once again invest their dreams and money in the Democrat Party. If these people remain this stupid, why should I give a damn. They chose the bed. Let them lie in it!


15 posted on 10/24/2009 6:42:27 PM PDT by mort56 (He who would sacrifice freedom for security deserves neither. - Ben Franklin)
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To: Son House

As Rush so often says who runs the state? Who runs the city of Detroit and probably many of the other cities that are bankrupt? Socialism/unionism “still” does not work.


16 posted on 10/24/2009 6:44:40 PM PDT by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: Son House

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, Detroit was anything but what it is now. I used to take a bus to visit my aunts and uncles who lived there at the time. I took a bus with cousins into downtown Detroit to shop with them. We went to movies and had a blast in the clean and wholesome suburbs. Those were the days of Bob Segur, Mitch Ryder and Diana Ross and the Supremes. What a hellhole that place has turned into.


17 posted on 10/24/2009 6:46:20 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: Son House

“...every 12 minutes Michigan loses a family seeking work.
The article noted that approximately 109,000 more
people left Michigan in 2008 than moved in...”
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I wonder if the 2010 census will result
in Michigan losing some House seats...


18 posted on 10/24/2009 6:51:30 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Paladin2

I’ve had reason to visit the Wolverine State over the years, and if there are any Jews there, I’ve yet to meet one.


19 posted on 10/24/2009 6:53:07 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: rdl6989

Yes. Detroit has fewer people than the Bronx.


20 posted on 10/24/2009 6:54:19 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: rodguy911; All

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1931750,00.html

The median sale price of homes in Detroit has plunged from $59,700 in August 2005 to $8,000 just two months ago.


21 posted on 10/24/2009 6:55:23 PM PDT by Son House (OcarterCare by Congress will make all Americans = Wards of the State)
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To: Repeal The 17th

I wonder if the 2010 census will result
in Michigan losing some House seats...
___________________________

Depends on who does the counting.


22 posted on 10/24/2009 6:56:26 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: NativeNewYorker

87k people can’t be that hard to find?

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/usjewpop.html


23 posted on 10/24/2009 6:58:28 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: MamaDearest

Youth face uphill struggle amid Detroit’s troubles

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ggwJmBwTB9LR-UQjgR2KUXZ3ZdFQD9BCURQO2

About 32 percent of the city’s 900,000 residents struggle in poverty as Detroit limps through the auto industry’s collapse. Factory and manufacturing jobs are gone.

Roughly one in four working-age adults is jobless. The situation is more dire for 16- to 19-year-olds in Detroit who face an unemployment rate of 57.4 percent, according to the state Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, citing last year’s U.S. Census figures.


24 posted on 10/24/2009 6:59:05 PM PDT by Son House (OcarterCare by Congress will make all Americans = Wards of the State)
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To: Son House

Funny, this is almost the same article with the same statistics that DetNews.com posted back in April. Wonder how bad it REALLY is, now that HopeAndChange has set in?


25 posted on 10/24/2009 6:59:34 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (FR33 73h lOn9 fOrM 81R7H c3r71F1ca73!!)
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To: nascarnation
I know. I must assume that my sample size of Michigan contacts is too small to pass statistical muster.

OTOH, I live in New York City...

26 posted on 10/24/2009 7:07:55 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

http://www.detnews.com/article/20091014/METRO01/910140370/Insurers-declare-war-on-arsons-in-Detroit

Arson cases soar
Stopping the arson will be no easy task.
There were 6,486 arsons investigated by the Detroit Fire Department’s Arson Squad in 2008. That is a 27.8 percent increase over the squad’s 5,074 cases in 2004, said Gery Victor, the squad’s chief. In addition, arson-related insurance fraud in Detroit is up roughly 40 percent from 2005 to 2008, he said.

There were about 101,000 vacant housing units in Detroit in 2008, more than double the number in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

After the Sunday arson spike, officials said they are particularly concerned about Angels’ and Halloween nights, which had high levels of arsons in the 1980s. City officials are already requesting patrol volunteers.

In 1984, fires on the day before Halloween, for years known as Devil’s Night, peaked when 810 fires were set within a three-day period.

As the city has been plagued with foreclosures and an unemployment rate above 28 percent, fire officials have said that some despairing owners are risking prison to get out of debt, and vacant, foreclosed homes are being torched.


27 posted on 10/24/2009 7:09:25 PM PDT by Son House (OcarterCare by Congress will make all Americans = Wards of the State)
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To: Son House

Sad. “Made in America” still means something to me. I’m sorry that’s not the case for a lot of people.


28 posted on 10/24/2009 7:10:53 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Son House

29 posted on 10/24/2009 7:12:30 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: MamaDearest

Yet all those OKies and blacks moved in during the 20s to 50s with the union following. No one was complaining in 1953 about the political leadership or unionism.


30 posted on 10/24/2009 7:12:33 PM PDT by AceMineral (Ultra-right straggler)
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To: Son House

Gosh, and Jeff Daniels almost had me convinced to move my business to Michigan.


31 posted on 10/24/2009 7:14:48 PM PDT by The Citizen Soldier (They call it the DNC because KGB was already taken!)
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To: Tzimisce

It’s too bad Texas is already full up.


32 posted on 10/24/2009 7:18:09 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Son House
I have a customer who is a car dealer up there.
He was telling me several months ago that he was buying homes at $30k. I thought what a buy! Now I'm thinking maybe he over paid!
33 posted on 10/24/2009 7:20:10 PM PDT by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: Son House
Buy STOCK IN MARSHMELLOWS !!! and popcorn. Any enterprising, Conservative sociologists want to do a documentary on the Escape From New York LIBERAL angle?
34 posted on 10/24/2009 7:20:15 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (FR33 73h lOn9 fOrM 81R7H c3r71F1ca73!!)
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To: Son House

Socialism loses every time.


35 posted on 10/24/2009 7:22:10 PM PDT by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: SaraJohnson

“It’s too bad Texas is already full up.”

Very completely full up. Now if we could just get the Katrina crowd to leave...I’ve got it! Let’s send them to Michigan to help Michigan keep its House seats.


36 posted on 10/24/2009 7:29:17 PM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: rodguy911

Yep, I’m kinda thinking that because this year Halloween falls on a Saturday, they are going to need all kinds of security because of that good ‘ol Detroit tradition of Devil’s Night(now called Angels’?). I’ll throw 110% of the blame of this year on the 111th Congress and their non-Stimulus bill, I think Rush mention how folks are really feeling down and out will really be a factor

=>
also got a good economic read that should help prepare you for next weeks GDP numbers, here’s the short of it if it interest you;

Macroeconomic Analysis

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2369929/posts

Macroeconomic analysis broadly focuses on three things:

National Output: GDP

Output, the most important concept of macroeconomics, refers to the total amount of goods and services a country produces

Unemployment

The unemployment rate tells macroeconomists how many people from the available pool of labor (the labor force) are unable to find work.

Inflation

The third main factor that macroeconomists look at is the inflation rate, or the rate at which prices rise.


37 posted on 10/24/2009 7:33:26 PM PDT by Son House (OcarterCare by Congress will make all Americans = Wards of the State)
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To: Son House

38 posted on 10/24/2009 7:48:44 PM PDT by traumer
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To: Son House

Detroit’s Infamous ‘Devils’ Night’ Comes Early
Eleven houses burned within 90 minutes on Oct. 11

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/10/detroit_braces_for_devils_nigh.html

The stakes are even higher this year, as the city already devastated by the exodus of jobs and unemployment of around 27 percent moves toward the Halloween weekend. Along with tens of thousands of long-vacant homes and buildings, the more than 40,000 others recently emptied by the foreclosure crisis could present tempting targets.


39 posted on 10/24/2009 7:53:17 PM PDT by Son House (OcarterCare by Congress will make all Americans = Wards of the State)
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To: Son House
Probably be lots of fires up there.

As far as the economy goes zero is doing everything he can to destroy any hope of a recovery,its in his interest to have chaos all the time. That's where we are and probably will be until his term is up.

40 posted on 10/24/2009 7:55:50 PM PDT by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: Son House

Devil’s Night Fires Sweep the Nation
Oct 23, 2000

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1571/is_39_16/ai_66356275/

A great song should destroy cops and set fire to the suburbs,” says an idol of today’s youth, guitarist Tom Morello of the popular band Rage Against the Machine.

Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush and his Democratic rival, Vice President Al Gore, have capitalized on society’s increasing concern about the escalation of shocking and terrifying behavior by today’s youth.

While the debate rages, the nights are approaching when the country experiences more juvenile fire-setting than at any other time — Halloween, and the preceding Devil’s Night. Will the youth violence typical of these nights, particularly property damage and life-threatening behavior in the form of intentional firesetting, escalate as the presidential candidates debate?

^
Will the youth violence typical of these nights, particularly property damage and life-threatening behavior in the form of intentional firesetting, escalate as the Stimulus bill FAILS?

Thank your 111th United States Congress member, especially if they supported it


41 posted on 10/24/2009 7:57:37 PM PDT by Son House (OcarterCare by Congress will make all Americans = Wards of the State)
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To: martin_fierro
ROFLMAO!!!!

I'm a Vikings Fan and I approve of this message!

Cheers!

42 posted on 10/24/2009 8:03:21 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: rodguy911
I have a customer who is a car dealer up there. He was telling me several months ago that he was buying homes at $30k. I thought what a buy! Now I'm thinking maybe he over paid!

I can see where it would be very tempting to buy low, hoping to sell high later.

The trouble is, politicians can see and smell a two high stack of nickels six miles away, and they feel absolutely entitled to take them, especially in these hard times.

Every politician in Michigan would instantly have their hand in your pocket and in a couple seconds you would look like you stepped into a piranha feeding frenzy.

43 posted on 10/24/2009 8:04:19 PM PDT by RJL
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To: Repeal The 17th

Don’t put your money on it. They’ll probably pick up seats.


44 posted on 10/24/2009 8:08:31 PM PDT by mia
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To: RJL

Sounds lie a truly scary place,you gotta wonder if this is the future for other US cities? Is this the change zero has been chatting so much about?


45 posted on 10/24/2009 8:10:02 PM PDT by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: Son House

I didn’t know there was anything left to burn.


46 posted on 10/24/2009 8:10:35 PM PDT by mia
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To: The Citizen Soldier

Its amazing how that daniels guy could say those lines and not bust out laughing.What a truely gifted actor.What business owner would fall for that sh!t?


47 posted on 10/24/2009 8:15:11 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: traumer

Wow,what a bunch of dumbasses.


48 posted on 10/24/2009 8:17:06 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: achilles2000

There’s always room for more. They’ll just mug the people the Katrina crowd passed up.


49 posted on 10/24/2009 8:20:17 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: Son House

And the Dems solution? Plow up the neighborhoods to shrink the cities, forcing people into more manageable areas while letting old neighborhoods go to greenspace.

Sure, why not? Put a fence around Detroit and don’t let that element out of there. Let them stew in their own mess.


50 posted on 10/24/2009 8:22:50 PM PDT by MovementConservative (Go Ducks! BCS or bust.)
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