Farley explains decrease in Michigan population

August 16, 2021 Michigan Radio

The state of Michigan has again seen a population decrease following the release of the 2020 census, resulting in a loss of another congressional district. Reynolds Farley, research scientist at the Population Studies Center and a lecturer at the Ford School, explained where the population loss may have come from.

"The Midwest has been hard hit by declines in manufacturing employment. There's still a lot of manufacturing here," he said. "But the automation of jobs has just wiped out many of the good blue collar jobs that once sustained a very large population here in the Midwest."