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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