Losing Your Job at the Unemployment Office
The Onion reminds us that things could be worse in the Great Lake State:
In another devastating blow to the state's already fragile economy, the
Unemployment Insurance Agency of the state of Michigan permanently
shuttered its nine branch offices Monday, leaving more than 8,500
unemployment employees unemployed.
Announcing the closings at a press conference, Michigan Gov. Jennifer
Granholm called them "a tragic coda" to a once-vibrant industry that
until this week defined the Michigan economy and served almost one-fifth
of the state's employable population.
"This is a sad day for the people of Michigan," Granholm said to a
crowd of part-time reporters and former assembly-line workers Tuesday.
"Our state has a long, hallowed history of unemployment, and with these
closings, we have lost a vital part of our economic and social fabric."
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