Michigan Population Shrinks Again
by Rina Miller
Ann Arbor, MI — For the fourth consecutive year, many people who called Michigan home have called it quits.
Greg Harper is with the U.S. Census Bureau.
He says about 33,000 people left Michigan in the past year.
“We don’t really know exactly why the population went down between 2008 and 2009,” Harper says. “Obviously economy could be a factor, but there’s — we don’t really have the analysis to pinpoint it to a specific cause.”
Michigan does have the highest unemployment rate in the nation.
Only two other states, Maine and Rhode Island, also lost population.
The Census Bureau says Texas gained more people than any other state, followed by California, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
This story was originally aired on Michigan Radio on 12/13/09. View it on michiganradio.org.
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