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Michigan

Poverty has been a persistent issue for the state of Michigan since the onset of the Great Recession in 2007. Although many factors have contributed to current economic conditions, most notably the decline in industrial manufacturing and factory closures, changes in legislation and public policy have also contributed to the economic vulnerability of residents. This is especially true for single-parent families and children throughout the state, who have experienced the most significant increases in poverty since 2001.

The Current State of Poverty

Before the year 2000, the poverty level in Michigan was lower than the national average and the unemployment rate fell, largely due to manufacturing, particularly in the automotive industry. As a result of the upward trend in the Michigan economy, residents began to purchase ...

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