The state that lost population during the 2010 census results may be stopping that trend. New numbers from the annual population census show fewer people appear to be leaving Michigan. Experts credit an improving economy which means more jobs.
For about the last 3 years there has been improvement in migration patterns, meaning less people are leaving Michigan for other states. The data is compiled by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.
The graph shows Michigan's net migration has gotten back up to the average level.
So what does this all mean?
And are those numbers showing up in southwest Michigan?
Employees at at least one Modineer plant in Niles are making car parts for companies like Ford and General Motors.
"We primarily do window panels and seat components," says COO Mike Stesiak as he walks into their automotive division.
Back in 2007 and 2008 though as the country hit rock bottom, so did the automotive division at Modineer. CEO Ed Hamilton and CFO Mike Stesiak called the building a "ghost town" ... employing only about 19 people. But now, it is one of Modineer's busiest plants ... 200 people work there ... and that number is expected to grow in the coming months.
"This particular cell will be running the new Malibu," says Stesiak as he points out a station inside the plant, "they (window sets) will be going to Fairfax, Missouri and Hamtramck, Michigan. This particular cell alone will generate 275,000 vehicle sets this coming year."
So, what changed?