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Census: Younger Generations Will Suffer In Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The latest Michigan Census shows changes in the state's average wage and a shift in demographic and economic development which shows young people in the state are suffering.

At a luncheon Wednesday, officials said with less funding for education and higher tuition rates in the state, teenagers and young adults have a much harder time paying back school loans and finding well-paying jobs.

A former Michigan demographer says this generation that will likely hold the debt from previous ones, leading to many sacrifices.

"We might have a lost generation. The generation that came of age during the recession will have a hard time getting education, getting jobs, forming family and doing the things that people expect to do with there lives," said Kenneth Darga, a former Michigan demographer.

Darga also says the decrease in Michigan's population isn't necessarily because people are moving out of the state, but that younger couples are having to think twice before starting a family.

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