Reasons for 99ers number being so high in this state based upon two combined factors. First Michigan’s job losses accelerated in mid-to-late 2008. Second, there are currently more unemployed Michiganders in the state than employment opportunities available.
Specifically, with lack of available jobs, many of Michigan’s Unemployment Job Seekers laid off at the height of the recession still remain out of work. A chart created by the Michigan League for Human Services (MLHS) noted above, details the job loses combined with the states’ official recession period.
As previously reported on “Reach Out Job Search” it is doubtful that the 112th Congress, which the House of Representatives controlled by the Republican party starting January 3rd, will pass any legislation to provide additional weeks of benefits beyond to those already available. The end result of the lack of any concrete assistance for this group leaves 99ers in Michigan without a lifeline to pay for basic needs.
The MLHS advises Michiganders who are 99ers to logon to the Michigan Helping Hand website to determine if they are eligible for food assistance, Medicaid or MiChild health insurance. MiChild provides low-cost health, dental and limited vision insurance to state residents under the age of 18. There is a $10.00 monthly premium with the program and to be eligible, family’s must between certain levels.
For children and families whom income fall below the Mi-Child guidelines, the application will be forwarded to Michigan’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to determine eligibility for Medicaid insurance, which can be expanded to other cash or assistance programs. Both the adult and child applicant could be eligible for the Medicaid Insurance program if they have extremely low incomes and few assets, according to the MLHS.
Michigan’s 2-1-1 system can help 99ers connect with a variety of private and public resources in their areas to help meet basic needs. With assistance in finding employment, 99ers remain eligible to utilize both the re-employment services available at the Michigan Talent Bank and Michigan Works! Offices.
Michigan Talent Bank is a website that provides a large number of state based private company job openings within various skill sets, educational levels and abilities.
The Michigan Works! Offices Service Centers, located in each of Michigan’s 82 county’s, provide re-employment assistance, career counselors, veteran’s employment assistance programs, free computer access for job search, faxing service and more.
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