Changing Economy Has Michigan Residents Rethinking Future
John Counts, MLive
Nancy Clouse has tried just about everything to make ends meet in Michigan.
The 60-year-old Howard City resident has been a military wife, a convenience store clerk, small-town newspaper editor, factory worker, college student, a field scientist during the Enbridge oil spill on the Kalamazoo River, and a truck driver.
In hindsight, however, she wishes she had a career like her dad who worked his whole life at the same factory, during what she calls the "golden age" of Michigan's economy, when one job could sustain a family for a generation. But those jobs are now in short supply, and the economic decline is affecting how Michigan educates its residents.