Hot Springs and Washakie County See Population Decreases
Written by jordanmckamey on April 22, 2019
New figures show that more than half of the counties in Wyoming have lost population.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that U.S. Census Bureau figures indicate Wyoming’s population went down by about 1,200 people last year, continuing a downward trend over three consecutive years.
Officials say the population decrease follows the departure of energy industry workers resulting from a downturn in the coal, oil and natural gas industries.
The most recent population drops, for a 12-month period that ended in July, hit the hardest in Hot Springs County, which had a 2.8 percent decrease, while Washakie went down by 1.9 percent.
However, the figures also show that Wyoming’s population as a whole grew over the past decade by 2.5%, or about 14,000 people.
Wyoming’s Economic Analysis Division says the state unemployment rate has fallen below 4%.