Pop­u­la­tion shift fig­ures re­vealed

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Joe Wick­man THERE have been more deaths than births in the Va­len­cia re­gion for sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the Na­tional Sta­tis­tics In­sti­tute (INE) late last week.

Data is­sued sug­gests that there is a wor­ry­ing trend of neg­a­tive nat­u­ral growth, as 674 more peo­ple passed away than were born in 2016, adding to the pop­u­la­tion loss ex­pe­ri­enced the year be­fore.

Fur­ther­more, the 41,836 ba­bies born in the re­gion in 2016 rep­re­sent a 3.7 per cent de­crease com­pared to 2015, the third largest drop in the coun­try – only be­hind Castilla y León (-4.3%) and Aragón (3.8%).

The pos­i­tive note is that there have also been 1,841 less deaths than last year.

These fig­ures are con­sis­tent with those regis­tered in the coun­try as a whole, where the net growth came in at a neg­a­tive 259, the num­ber of births de­creased by 2.8 per cent, and the num­ber of deaths dropped by 3.2%.

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