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Millennials leaving Middle Peninsula for better jobs, survey says

A recent survey found that many people from the millennial generation (those born between 1982 and 2004) are leaving the region because of a lack of well-paying jobs, said Lewis Lawrence, Lawrence, executive director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission.

Lawrence said three graduate students from the College of William and Mary’s Public Policy Program reported to the MPPDC Jan. 27 at its boardroom in Saluda that 42 percent of the millennials surveyed said they would want to live in a rural area. However, the report shows that 78 percent of millennials would live on the Middle Peninsula if they were close to a job.

Another deterrent for millennials, the report said, is that the area does not have good internet service, especially broadband access. Forty-seven percent of millennials pointed to lack of good internet as being very important to them.

Also, many millennials pointed to the lack of higher education opportunities here.

Of the persons surveyed, 51 perce...

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