The Southern working man is his own worst enemy. Look at all the resources and productivity we have and yet our workers make less per unit of output than others.
That's awesome and all but really, which would you rather be.
1)The guy who CAN earn $100 per unit of output but is restricted by economic realities to only 2 units of output AND, it costs him more to acquire units of output
2)The guy who CAN earn $50 per unit of output but is able to sustain 10 units of output in the same period AND, it costs him less per unit of output
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It does you little good if you CAN earn a high wage to unit of productivity but no one will hire you to do it in a quantity that will suffice.
Hence, the net migration FROM states with this problem TO states that do not have it.