Have any of you considered moving to a different state for the future of your kids and grandkids? We live in Michigan and the economy is terrible. We know so many people out of work. My husband is now at the point at his work that he punches in to do a job and then punches out until more work comes in (hopefully more work comes in). He makes and repairs plastic injection molds. It amazes me how quickly that whole thing has left Michigan. Ten years ago he could have worked 70 hours a week and still had work to do. Businesses gave great benefit packages to lure the good guys to them. At one time he had four weeks of vacation pay, ten sick days, 100% matching 401k, wonderful insurance, great pay. Now he has five days of vacation, zero sick days, no 410k, terrible insurance, and he makes less per year than he did back then. He is as confident as possible that he won't get laid off, but he is equally confident that his company won't make it through. He is good at what he does and has learned "extras" along the way to make him more valuable. That is why he has a job now. Now here is the question I have been bugging myself about: Does it make sense to consider moving to a healthier state for the future job prospects of my kids, and even grandkids? Have any of you ever thought of doing that? My oldest is 19 and has no girlfriend at the moment so he would probably be game to come with us. We have seven kids and I just can't imagine them trying to support families in this state. I also think it will be a long time before Michigan is back up and strong. We were too dependent on the auto industry, and in west Michigan the office furniture industry. I'm pretty confident my husband could find a job elsewhere. He was offered one again not too long ago. We've just never been interested in leaving family, friends, and neighbors before. Now I'm wondering..... Has anyone done it? I really don't want to, but knowing how difficult it can be to leave, I wonder if it would be better to move with the kids now and then they could have a chance to grow roots and have family near when they are adults. Am I even making sense? If anybody has made it this far and have any feedback I would love to hear it. Thanks.