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While reading the National Conference of State Legislatures Unemployment Report as of November 23, 2010 I came across this interesting statement:

"Michigan continues to experience the second highest unemployment rate, at 12.8%. After leading the states with the highest unemployment rate for 50 straight months,..." While the article then tries to offer up encouragment as to how this is an improvement over June 2009's 15.2% rate of unemployment it's still not what I would call good news.

So I'm offering up Michigan Product links to those still looking for holiday gift ideas. Most will ship your choice of items across the U.S. in time for the holidays. Buy Michigan and help support our local economy.

-- Vollwerth Fine Meats. Family owned business started in 1915. Seriously the best hot dogs, ring bologna and other meat products EVER. Don't believe me? Try them yourself.

-- Frankenmuth Fudge Kitchen. Established in 1964 with mutiple locations (including Fudge du Locke in Sault St. Marie). Made with all natural ingredients, you have your choice of over 21 different flavors. One is sure to be your personal favorite.

-- Holly Candle Shoppe. Featuring soy candles with over 500 fragrance products. Buy a "Hope" candle and all proceeds are donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

-- Pasty.com. Pasties made in the Upper Penninsula. Your choice of U.P., Cornish or Veggy! Gift Certificates are available!

Not sure what gift you are looking for?

Visit Michigan-made.com or Pasty Central and browse their selection of Michigan Vendors and Products.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 12th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
I'll have to add that to next week's linkity! Obviously I am really, really behind...

*goes back to reading "The Reason for the Season"*
Dec. 12th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Cool! I'm buying fudge today and having it sent out as gifts. As for "Reason", I hope you enjoy it. We are definitely getting some of that snow today.
Dec. 17th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry but when I read pasties I can only thing stripper pole and lucite heels. Bad me, bad.

Have a great Christmas.
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
LOL. I do know what you mean. I'm told the real difference is in the pronunciation which I get wrong *every* time.

Pay-sty vs. Pah-sty.

Sure. :)

Thank you for the Chrismas wishes. I hope you have a peaceful and happy Christmas time as well.
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