KENNEWICK, Wash-- The numbers are in and most of the country is stuck in park. The latest report by the US Census Bureau hits home--literally. The number of people moving is down 3million, and is now at the lowest rate in 60 years. But it seems like the Tri-Cities is throwing that all in reverse.
"Luckily I haven't seen that," says Mark Trimble, owner of Clearwater Secure Storage. "The U-Haul, we're on pace from last year."
Trimble says the number of cross-country U-Haul rentals are up, and hauling in some big bucks. He says that's what drives his business.
"That has definitely picked up," he notes. "We've had 4 or 5 just this month and typically we see 2-3 a month."
For Roger Rieboldt, it's been a tough move back home.
"We lost our lease and the company went under that we were renting from and we just decided because times were tight to work our of our home for now," says Rieboldt, owner of Affordale Quality Movers.
But don't think he's moving on from moving! He's hoping federal stimulus money and job growth will attract potential home buyers, giving him more work in what has already been a busy year.