Unemployment took a dip in Michigan in January. Woo-hoo! We now have 14.3% unemployment, doubled to count underemployed, part-time employed, and people who have stopped looking, to 28.6%. And, these are just the people who remain in the state looking. On a daily basis, the freeways are jammed with people, who are mobile, leaving Michigan for fairer climes with potential jobs. Thus, I awaited the Department of Labor February unemployment announcement with interest.

Nationally, unemployment is holding at 9.7% for February. Given that many economists and pundits predict no recovery in unemployment numbers prior to 2011 or later, this is better news than expected. Keep in mind that various experts say that 7-9,000,000 jobs have disappeared forever and this magnifies the difficulty of the unemployed in finding work.

Are You in Danger of a Layoff?

In this job climate, remaining employed is paramount. So, is knowing if a layoff and unemployment are headed your way. There are actions you can take, while you are still employed, that will help you navigate the sea of unemployment should it strike your family.

  • In Danger of Getting Fired or Laid Off? How to Know and What to Do if an Employment Termination Looms

    There are signs and signals to watch for when a layoff is imminent. Don’t let a layoff catch you unawares. From contacting your professional network to planning how to negotiate your severance package and tidying up your company-owned computer, this is what you need to know and do if a layoff seems imminent.

  • How to Prepare for Unemployment While Employed

    If you’re reading this, congratulations. You’re probably still employed. That means that you have time to put your financial, social, and work affairs in order in case your employment status changes. You can prepare for unemployment while still employed. In fact, there is no better time to prepare for unemployment than while you’re still employed. Don’t let yourself be a victim of “it can’t happen here” thinking. (This is my brand new article – take a look.)

Layoff Advice From Career Experts

My colleagues at About.com have created a resource that will help you do what you need to do from anticipating a layoff through finding your next job. Concerned about what to do if you are laid off? Take a look at the resources hosted by Alison Doyle at the Job Searching site: Surviving a Layoff. This is the information you need to weather a layoff, from anticipation and fear of a layoff through obtaining your brand new job. Best wishes on your job search.

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Worried About a Layoff and Unemployment? originally appeared on About.com Human Resources on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 at 13:27:18.

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