The giving season has kicked off. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, millions of Americans traditionally take time to reflect on what they have to be thankful for and give back to our society.
Overall, the American economy has been good. Economic confidence is up and the U.S. unemployment rate continues to hum along at a 48-year low. Hopefully, this good trend will continue in 2019.
But while the economy has been good for so many the need is still great for others. Michigan’s unemployment rate has been steadily decreasing since 2009 when it peaked with more than 725 thousand people out of work. Today it is down to about 4%, still a little higher than the national 3.7% rate. But also keep in mind that 14.2% of Michigan's overall population still lives below the poverty line, and for our kids, its 1 in 5.
As a state and nation, there are challenges we must strive to overcome. There are too many homeless, working poor, seniors and college students trying to make ends meet each day. And there are many local agencies and non-profits that are having difficulty keeping up with the growing demand for assistance.
But here’s the bright spot! Southeast Michigan has a rich history of philanthropy and the people living in this area are some of the most giving in the nation. Your contributions make a tremendous impact on the lives of many who need a helping hand.
As we wind down another year, we urge you to take time to volunteer or make a donation – big or small – to your favorite cause.
This is truly one of the best times to give. Doing so will make this holiday season even brighter!
I’m Mike Murri, Vice President & General Manager
Broadcast: November 29 - December 2, 2018