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  •  The up side is we have the most folks employed (3+ / 0-)
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    Roger Fox, chuckvw, sethtriggs

    here in Muskegon this month than we've had since June 2009!

    The downside is that the labor force is about 7000 people smaller than it was in 2009 when we had 15.2% unemployment skewing the unemployment number closer to 9.1%.

    Stupid fucking Gread De-cession.

    •  Ah the local anomaly (2+ / 0-)
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      Muskegon Critic, chuckvw

      Nationally the civilian workforce is up from about 255 million to 259 million over 3 yrs.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:47:29 PM PDT

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    •  Hi Muskegon Critic. (2+ / 0-)
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      sethtriggs, Muskegon Critic

      I live about thirty miles east of you.

      This is the thing that makes me angry.

      An old friend who used to have his own construction business and pretty much had his nose is the air twenty years ago is now working at a local factory and making 8 dollars an hour.

      He stops by to see me and he actually cries. They make him work 12 hours a day or else he just doesn't have a job.

      He is almost 60 and cannot do this anymore, but they don't give him a choice.

      They have reduced this man to slavery and he has no way out.

      •  A friend of mine is the first in her whole family (0+ / 0-)

        to go to college and her father was able to help her go because he had a great job at the paper mill. He could afford a house, a couple cars, could put his kids to work, he head health benefits.

        Now that the paper mill  is closed down he makes slightly over minimum wage and they will fire his ass in an instant if he takes time off for medical leave after a surgery or to spend time helping his sick wife.

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