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California Workers are Leaving for Texas and the Sun Belt

March 9, 2013
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It is not unusual in the United States for people to move. This is even truer for immigrant families.

California may be the Golden State, but workers and their families are moving out in large numbers. Over the past 20 years about 3.4 million more people left California than moved in.

Where are they going? They are going to states like Texas and Arizona where the cost of housing is much lower and there are more jobs.

The families moving out are lower income with less education and lower incomes than the typical Californian.

Immigration and birth rates added more than 1.5 million to the Hispanic population in California since 2005. But about 40 percent of those leaving the state are Hispanic. For every one Hispanic person moving in, two Hispanic people are moving out.

Manufacturing jobs also are leaving California because of the high cost of doing business. Companies like Comcast, Facebook, eBay and PayPal are opening offices in Texas and Phoenix.

California’s governor, Jerry Brown, says the state wants more high-tech industries and jobs. In the meantime, it is losing many of its hard-working citizens.

When a state’s population grows, it means more jobs and housing. Texas and Arizona are recovering from the Great Recession faster than other states. In both states, four Hispanics have moved in for every three who have left.

In the rush to attract business, states like California are neglecting their people resources.

The Wall Street Journal

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