Exodus could cost Michigan a House seat

Dec. 23, 2008 at 1:51 PM
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DETROIT, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A growing exodus of residents means Michigan could lose a seat in Congress after the 2010 Census, The Detroit News projected Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, Michigan has lost 46,000 people since 2007 and will likely see its population fall below 10 million by next year.

"It's that out-migration. It keeps going -- more and more and more," said Kurt Metzger, director of the Detroit Area Community Indicators System.

The latest stumble by the auto industry is a major contributor; however, the News said Michigan has been seeing its House delegation dwindle for years. Michigan currently has 15 House members compared with 19 in 1982.

Some analysts said Michiganders are looking for job opportunities in other states but might not find them since the recession is squeezing the entire nation.

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