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Ohio lost more residents than it gained last year.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 4:06 PM

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For the first time Ohio migration patterns are being studied. A new report shows that while some 400,000 people have made Ohio their new home, even more have left the state. ideastream®'s Ida Lieszkovszky has this story.

The non-profit research organization Community Research Partners used IRS data to track migration to and from, as well as within Ohio. Excluding new births and foreign immigration, Ohio has lost more than 35,000 people in the past year.

Southern states with warmer climates have always attracted some Ohioans, but Roberta Garber, Executive Director for Community Research Partners, thinks much of this out-migration is in search of jobs. She says Ohio’s population tends to drop in times of economic recession.

Garber: I think people are going to where jobs are and we don’t know anything about, from this data, about these individuals so we don’t know if these are recent college graduates who decide to leave the state in search of job prospects or families, we don’t know who it is. But I think people if they’re able to will move to seek employment opportunities.

The biggest influx of people came from the Detroit area. Within Ohio, Franklin County’s population rose while Cuyahoga and Hamilton Counties saw more people leave than move in.

Garber says it will be interesting to see how these patterns change as the economy begins to improve.

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