Economy, Housing Woes Slow Migration, Census Shows

Brookings Institution, 12/24/2008

Miami - Photo by Derek Jensen

Miami - Photo by Derek Jensen

Can you name one way that Michigan and Florida are alike? A correct answer would be that both states lost more migrants than they gained last year, among persons moving within the United States. So says the U.S. Census Bureau in its newly released population picture.

No surprise that Michigan lost population in light of the blow to the Big Three automakers and the state’s high unemployment rate. That Florida showed a net loss of migrants is astounding.

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