The Northwest has long been a draw for people moving here from other parts of the United States. That continues to be a key driver of the region’s economy. Despite high unemployment rates, Oregon and Washington still lure folks from the Midwest and elsewhere. And they bring in new money and job skills.
Ted Layman lives in Oregon. He almost didn't end up there, though. He almost moved to Chicago.
"Great place to visit and enjoy," Layman says. "But the noise, the congestion of people …"
Elkhart, Ind., is known as the RV capital of the world. The city suffered badly when the recession hit and demand for recreational vehicles all but screeched to a halt. That's when local and state leaders started looking for ways to bolster the area's manufacturing industry.
The unemployment rate in the city along the Michigan border eventually soared to 20 percent — the highest in the nation at the time.