Fewer young adults leaving Michigan, says government agency

All of the students we spoke with today at the University Pavillion told us they believe there will be opportunities for them in Michigan when they graduate.

A new study released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget show that young adults were not leaving Michigan at quite the same rate as they were in 2008-2009. In those years the migration rate of 18-19 year olds out of Michigan was 5.5 percent in 2008 and 2009 compared with about 4 percent the following year. 20-24 year olds left the state at a rate of 5.5 percent in 2008-2009 and was down to 4.5 percent in 2009-2010. The state agency credits the addition of jobs.

Young people NBC25 spoke with at the University of Michigan Flint seemed to reflect this trend. All of the youngsters we spoke with said they planned to stay in Michigan after graduation and over half said they intended to remain in the Flint area, citing growth in job opportunities in both the medical field and women's studies, for example.

Jessica Rey, a business major, would like to start her career working for Dow Chemical, and in 10 years? "10 years, hopefully in Michigan maybe GM or something I've considered owning my own business or being executive officer," she says.

Kathryn Farkas, a major in public administration, is 18 years old but already has her mind and heart set on staying in Flint. "I'd like to open a non-profit organization," she says, "I have a minor in women's and gender studies so I'd like to open a new women's center and help out the women in the community."

Samantha Lang, a 19 year old student from Fenton, says she hopes to stay to be close to family, and knows exactly what opportunities in Flint await her. "A big growing opportunity I know is I'm going into neonatal care and Hurley is a big hospital for it."