Unemployment in Grand Ledge may be deceptively low, mayor says

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By Tanisha Edwards
Living In The Ledge

The rates of unemployment in Grand Ledge are lower than the rates of other areas in Michigan and nationally but they have increased over time.

“A lot of people in Grand Ledge are looking for work and many are underemployed working part time or at jobs beneath their level of education and training,” said Kalmin Smith, mayor of Grand Ledge.

Smith said he believes “many have stopped looking for work because of the dismal economy and inept leadership by Obama that unemployment numbers are deceptively low and very misleading.”

Alex Seal, an employed Grand Ledge resident, said it isn’t hard finding jobs its hard getting them due to employers’ choice. “I don’t think there is much unemployment other than amongst young people,” he said.

But, “a lot of places like Meijer say they are hiring” but never get back to potential candidates, said Seal.

A lot of citizens in Grand ledge have posted job ads on the Grand Ledge community page. “The internet is the best place to search,” said Seal.

There is a website with many links offering jobs in the top 3 industries in Grand Ledge which are transportation, warehousing, healthcare and travel, hospitality and tourism.

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