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Unemployed? Get a (Minimum Wage) Job!

Unemployed?  Get a (Minimum Wage) Job!

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has come up with an ingenious way to drop the unemployment rate in his state.† If you are unemployed for more than 10 weeks, you have to get a job. Any job.† No matter what the job, its hours, or its pay.

According to MLive, the new bill Snyder signed into law will be a boon for businesses who can stop paying so much in unemployment payments, as well as those industries who will not have to raise wages in order to attract workers, knowing that the options are take the position or starve. “The measures require some unemployed workers to take new jobs after 10 weeks of benefits even if the available work is outside their previous experience or pays lower wages than they were making before. They also make it harder for someone to collect jobless benefits if they’re fired for cause or leave a job voluntarily.”

While some worry that forcing workers into lower paying jobs will make it impossible for them to find real work in their own industry and at a competitive wage, Snyder has brushed off those concerns, saying, “It’s easiest to find a job when you’ve gotten a job.”

Michigan currently has an unemployment rate of almost 10 percent.

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10:31AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

So---minimum jobs don't povide a living wage and taxpayers have contribute to the individual in providing benefits.......so in essense we the people are employing the minimum wage earners and letting corporations off the hook. Seems like a good deal for them to underpay people.

10:22AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

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So long as he was on unemployment, we literally could not afford for him to take a "minimum wage job", which caused all kinds of problems because I was denied disability and they were trying to charge us monthly for Medicade more than half of what our unemployment was. Because I could not get proper treatment, I was ghastly ill...there was no sitting around WAITING. Trying to get a job in Michigan, in this economy, is a full time job itself.

10:22AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Actually, Deborah H., many companies will not hire a person who is overqualified for a job. Over the past decade, my husband, who has two degrees and many certifications was denied employment because they feared he would leave the job as soon as he got a better offer. They were not minimum wage, but they were jobs someone with considerably less education and experience could do.

He's been working now, for 3 years and we've taken a severe pay cut even though he's gotten raises and moved within the company, he's still making less than 2/3's of what he used to command as a matter of course because of his education and experience. He's also older; 48, which adds another layer of complication at getting work. Add to that, the fact that he gave ten years of his life to his country in the Army, you'd think it would have been easier for him to find work. We WERE lucky; Volunteers of America was VITAL in helping him get his current employment. (Helped us get our car fixed, helped with training, for Christmas we got a big gift card for necessities and presents, ect)

So long as he was on unemployment, we literally could not afford for him to take a "minimum wage job", which caused all kinds of problems because I was denied disability and they were trying to charge us monthly for Medicade more than half of what our unemployment was. Because I could not get proper treatment, I was ghastly ill...there was no sitting around WAITING. Trying to get a job in Michigan, in this econ

3:58AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

I don't know why so many unemployed people are complaining about working. Working a job gives you more opportunities than if you were unemployed. If you start off at a company on minimum wage, you can build networking connections. You can also be the first to learn about new jobs because many jobs are posted internally first. You look better than someone who had been unemployed when you are seeking a new job. You can learn new things about yourself too. In this economy nothing is guaranteed so you may end up in a worse position after the unemployment runs out. 10 weeks is three months unemployed so after that amount of time it is better to not be as selective. If you can't get a higher paying job then you can always put the effort in and work for yourself. All states require job seekers to look for work while on unemployment and if you refuse job offers it may be discontinued. A lot of people don't look for work or don't take job offers because they would rather sit at home and wait for the perfect job.

6:50AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

minimum wages for politicians.. and see how fast things change

11:14AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

People get paid minimum wage because the job they do doesn't require a lot of skill, so senators, governors, and everyone in Congress should get paid minimum wage, they obviously can keep their job despite the complete lack of skill THEY have.

8:24AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

A minimum wage job is better than no job. Businesses don't pay your unemployment payments, it comes from what you paid into it while you worked.

7:51AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

This idiot fails to realize that a minimum-wage job doesn't even pay enough to keep a SINGLE PERSON in ramen and rent! If the job-hunters are trying to raise a family, it's going to be impossible on a minimum-wage paycheck!

Not that ANY jobs are easy to get these days-for every job out there, there's a number of people applying for it. My husband's working as a security guard as well as going to trade school to get his HVAC certification. He's already got his apprentice license and has been applying for jobs in the HVAC field since summer, but nobody's called him back yet. Combine that with many of the jobs wanting someone who already has their Journeyman license, and you wonder why he grumbles every so often.

5:52AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Now, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, lets see you try to live off of minimum wage for a week. I doubt you could last a day. Minimum wage does not cover the rent let alone food. Oh and did I forget gas.....How about you do something about the prices? HMMM, maybe then we might just might be able to afford to drive to the minimum wage job or are you going to start a drive to work pickup program that your nice big fat salary is going to pay for? How about you donating some of your salary to help unemployed get new training or skills. HMMM that is what you could be doing to help people not force them into taking any job out there.

1:57PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

I'll work for minimum wage when they lower the cost of living by 75%. I will NOT be a slave nor will I work to enslave others just to have it better.

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