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May 21, 2012

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DennisS

The primary reason people are moving less is the poor economy. People are less willing to take a risk in a down economy.

It could be that the position is open because the previous employee could see the handwriting on the wall and found another position.

In many families there is a understanding that they need two or more jobs in order to maintain their standard of living, and a move for one job means taking a risk that the other will find employment soon.

Younger generations are more willing to stay near family in a down economy, as family and friends are the support network, since few have saved funds.

For evidence of the effect of the economy, turn back to the Great Depression.

There will always be a desire in our hearts to try a new adventure - new location, new job, etc. But right now many are staying in place because it would be too risky to move.

Michael W. Kruse

I had similar thoughts. It will be interesting to see what happens as the economy heats up.

I would not that the Great Depression did result in some mobility. Something like a 1/3 of the the population of Oklahoma left in the 1930s. I don't know what the overall impact on mobility was. It would be interesting to know.

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