According to the Brookings study, West Michigan suburban unemployment grew by 46 percent from 2007 to 2008, compared to 44 percent in Grand Rapids. The suburban figures include Kent County outside the city, and Barry, Newaygo and Ionia counties, all part of the same Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area.What does this mean? That it is even more important we reserve judgments about those who struggle with financial instability and poverty. In fact, the rise in suburban areas for food stamp use has seen a higher increase in suburban areas than urban areas, though urban counties remain home to a larger number of recipients.
One families story is detailed here:
"I think some people would be surprised to know some of the situations that people are in," said Moore, 29.
The Belmont resident lost his tool-and-die job in 2009 and later, his suburban home to foreclosure.
He and his wife, Hope, 32, now reside with their two children in a single-wide mobile home as they apply for food stamps for the first time in their lives.
Enrolled in a state retraining program for computer technology, Moore is determined to remain optimistic.
"I think with some training and a little bit of time, we'll build back up again," he said.
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