While the financial crisis has received more of the headlines, there has been a growing unemployment crisis over the last year.
With unemployment at a five-year high, nearly 10 million Americans were
officially unemployed last month, with nearly 500,000 workers applying
for benefits each week. And the problem doesn't stop there, with
long-term joblessness rising:
As the country enters into a recession and suffers increasing job
losses, the Great Lakes Region is facing a particularly acute crisis.
Literally millions of decent-paying manufacturing jobs have disappeared
from the region in recent years. How regional political leaders are
responding to that crisis provides lessons for state policymakers
across the country.