WYO. POPULATION DIPS IN DOWNTURN
cheyenne» The downturn in Wyoming’s mining and oil and gas industries has caused the state to experience its first population decline since 1990, but there are signs the state’s economy has bottomed out and stabilized, economists said after this week’s release of a national population report.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Wyoming’s population declined by 1,054 people, or 0.2 percent, to 585,501 from July 2015 to July.
State economist Wenlin Liu said the population decline reflects the downturn in key economic sectors that cost thousands of mining and related jobs over about the last year.
“People tend to move to areas where economies are vibrant, which is particularly true for Wyoming,” Liu said.
State economist Jim Robinson said job losses in Wyoming’s oil and gas industry appear to have flattened out and there has been a slight increase in drilling activity in recent months.