January 8, 2009
Jobless in Michigan overwhelm state system
Michigan state offices are handling 11,000 calls a day from unemployed workers, with countless calls put on hold, state officials said.
The number of missed calls to deal with Michigan's 400,000 claiming unemployment benefits is
possibly hundreds of thousands "¦ each day, The Detroit News reported Thursday.
The state unemployment rate, the highest in the country, is at 9.6 percent.
The state is
acutely aware of the problem and is taking a number of steps to deal with it, Gov. Jennifer Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said.
Other states are also finding their processing systems overwhelmed.
Unemployment filling systems have crashed in New York, North Carolina and Ohio in recent days, the News said.