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A revealing tale of unemployment

Sorry it took me a day or two to get to this, but I was reading Friday's Detroit News and came across this honest and surprising column by News writer Marney Rich Keenan.

In it, Rich Keenan describes how her husband lost his job this week when advertising agency BBDO decided to close its doors. (The agency lost its Chrysler contract and may shutter its Troy office for good by January.)

I hope she continues this story in future columns. It could shed a lot of light onto how Michigan is faring with jobs losses and one family's insights.

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    Unfortunately, Keenan's column resignated all too well with me since my husband and I both recently lost our jobs. Becoming one of Michigan's economic statistics is frightening to say the least. I liken it to being tossed off a ship without a life preserver. In addition to the obvious financial ramifications (try living on MESC wages), the emotional toll is substantial. Every day is a challenge to muster up the courage to get out of bed and face the day with the sole purpose of seeking employment and competing with hundreds and possibly thousands of others for a single position. I'm hearing of more and more people leaving the state for greener pastures. We're not quite there yet, but the notion is on the (empty) table.

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