Michigan’s unemployment rate jumped to 8.5 percent for May, the highest jobless rate in 16 years for a state that has been hardest hit by the combined downturn in the U.S. auto industry and the slump in housing.  The Michigan unemployment rate, up from 6.9 percent in April, was three percentage points higher than the national rate of 5.5 percent for the month.

Also: Detroit lays off 800+ teachers

Detroit Public Schools officials on Thursday said they are proposing laying off 818 teachers, eliminating 288 central office vacancies, reorganizing bus transportation, delaying union and non-union salary increases and using grant funding for positions to eliminate a shortfall that has been projected at $408 million for fiscal year 2009.

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  1. And who the hell do they expect to teach all those students? What kind of student:teacher ratios are they expecting?

    Back when I was in a class in Michigan, our teacher taught us about a concept called the “false economy” … to bad more Michiganders don’t understand it!


  2. But…but…..we need to cut MORE taxes……………!!!!!!

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