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Washington saw more people leaving than coming during 2010, according to survey

Are times really that bad?

Atlas Van Lines, which tracks traffic to and from the 50 states, said Washington saw more people move out during 2010 than moved in.

That was the first outflow from WA since 2002, according to the survey of U.S. movement patterns.

Their study found that 2,159 people moved into Washington and that 2,412 moved out of the state in 2010.

And generally, more Americans moved around in  2010 than in 2009. The Atlas press release suggested that's a sign of an economic uplift. It could be read in just the opposite sense; more people are leaving one state hoping things are better in larger states.

The study also noted:

For the fifth consecutive year, Washington, D.C., had the highest percentage of inbound moves, and Ohio had the highest percentage of outbound moves.

The northeastern Rust Belt region continued to see the highest number of outbound moves, a trend that could be due to high unemployment there.

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