In Michigan
4:43 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Fewer young adults leaving Mich. for other states

AP –

Fewer people - especially young adults - appear to be leaving Michigan for other states.

Figures released Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget show migration rates of 18- to 24-year-olds weren't as steep in 2009-10.

The migration rate for ages 18-19 topped 5.5 percent in 2008-09, compared with about 4 percent the following year. For 20- to 24-year-olds, out-of-state migration was about 5 percent in 2008-09 compared to about 4.5 percent in 2009-10.

State demographer Ken Darga says "Michigan is finally starting to add jobs after several years."

Still, more people are moving out of the state than in.

About 116,000 relocated to Michigan in 2010 and 117,000 in 2009. But 178,000 left in 2010 and 206,000 moved out the previous year.