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ALVIN GAINS, 56, former Chrysler worker

For the second time in 30 years, Alvin Gains is leaving his home state of Michigan and moving to Texas to find work.

“There are college kids who can’t find a job, so there’s no chance for someone my age,” said Gains, 56. “But people are hiring in Houston, so it’s time to go.”

Gains has moved to the Houston area once before. He joined thousands of Michiganders drawn to jobs in a Texan oil boom in 1979, after he was laid off by Chrysler. He returned to Michigan in 1984, when Chrysler was hiring again.

He has been retired since the end of 2007 from a job as an inspector at a Chrysler plant in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights. “This time I knew what signs to look for and I could see what was coming, so I knew it was time to get out,” he said.