"Government has a responsibility to assist people in these hard economic times," former autoworker Clem Smith told a crowd on the state Capitol steps.
Even before the current crisis hit, one in five children in Michigan lived in poverty, and three rural counties had the highest rates.
CHICAGO - "Jobs now" echoed across a frozen Federal Plaza as hundreds of youth demanded passage of federal youth jobs legislation and voiced their anger over being left out of the legislative process.
PHILADELPHIA -- More than 50 people crowded into the Du Bois Center on Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia last Friday to hear Anthony Monteiro, professor of African American Studies at Temple University, deliver a history lecture.
For at least one California county's budget it's a crisis that will only get worse.
Not on single Republican voted to pass President Obama's economic recovery act in February 2009, but now they are all trying to get a piece of it.
Five Republicans joined with Democrats to move the bill forward. But it is widely seen as far too small to significantly impact the jobless rate.
DALLAS - At a Robert E. Lee memorial built by the New Deal's WPA government jobs program, an NAACP leader and others called for federal action on jobs.
California legislators are putting jobs creation at the top of their agenda.
Extension of jobless benefits is delayed again in the Senate, while conservatives push spending freezes and tax breaks for the rich.