Michigan has reached a tipping point with the unemployment situation. Towns large and small all over the state are slowly being torn apart as our citizens are relocating to other states.
As part of this problem, we are losing our all stars. Michigan ranks at the bottom in retaining those with college degrees. This hits Paul close to home as one by one his friends and family are leaving the state for a better standard of living.
Below are a few of the many faces and stories of former Michigan residents forced to leave the area for better opportunities.
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Grand Blanc High, '01 (Varsity Hockey)
"Job. I could not find a job in Michigan. Indianapolis is fairly close -- so I took a job there."
"Yes. I am currently looking for a job in Michigan. I have family here and a girlfriend."
Grand Blanc High, '00 (Varsity Football and Basketball)
Grand Blanc High, '99 (Varsity Tennis)
University of Texas - Austin, '07 (Masters: Public Policy)
"I left Michigan for job opportunities and to attend graduate school."
"Not at the present time. Lots of things would have to change. The job situation is bad. Not a lot of things to entice someone in their 20s and 30s to live in Michigan. It is just not a place to start a life."
Grand Blanc High, '00 (Varsity Football and Baseball)
Abilene Christian University, '04 (BA: Christian Ministry)
Abilene Christian University, '08 (Masters: Divinity)
"Yes, my family still lives in Michigan and it would be great to be back in the Midwest."
Grand Blanc High, '99 (Football, Swimming, Skiing and Tennis)
Case Western Reserve University Law School, '06
Okemos High, '00
Troy High, '01 (Varsity Soccer)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Would Marc consider moving back to Michigan?
"As of right now, currently not. The standard of living is alot less expensive in Michigan than on the West Coast, however there just aren't many jobs that I am interested in the area. I have around 10 friends [...] who all grew up in Michigan and went to UofM that have moved out [to Seattle.]"
Whitmore Lake High, '00; (Varsity Baseball and Cross Country)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, '04; (BA: Political Science)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, '06; (MPP: Public Policy)
Occupation: Political Analyst
Location: Washington D.C.
Why did Scott leave Michigan?
"I went where the jobs were. Also, I like vibrant city life, which sadly left Detroit and spread itself thin through the suburbs."
Would Scott consider moving back to Michigan?
"I would definitely consider, but it would be tough to find a good job."
Huron High, '01
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, '05; (BS: Computer Engineering, Economics)
Occupation: Systems Engineer; Boeing
Location: Seattle, Washington
Why did Shen leave Michigan?
"My current job led me to leave Michigan. I had family members in the automotive industry who advised me to start my career elsewhere. As a result, I came to Seattle, which happens to be a great city with many opportunities for technologists and engineers such as myself."
"If the auto industry were to miraculously flourish, I would consider going back. If downtown Detroit improved its reputation, and also created more job opportunities, I would consider going back. Housing is more affordable in Michigan, which is attractive ... but not right now with a tanking housing market. Within this next year, as I consider MBA programs, The University of Michigan is still at the top of my list. I would go back to Michigan to be closer to my family, but that cannot happen at the expense of leaving this job."
Oxford High School, '01 (Varsity Football and Wrestling)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, '05 (BA: Political Science)
Florida State University College of Law, '09 (Juris Doctor)
Occupation: Law Student
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Why did Ryan leave Michigan?
"Initially, in order to branch out and experience another region of the country. The fact that job opportunities in Michigan are scarce, however, makes me rather reluctant to return.
Would Ryan consider moving back to Michigan?
"Absolutely. I will always consider Michigan "home" and had always envisioned raising a family there. The vast majority of my friends and family reside in the Great Lakes state, and it's home to the sports teams that I am very passionate about. Unless the job market drastically improves, however, the chances of my return are dim."