CHEYENNE, Wyoming — New figures show that for the first time since 2001, more people are moving out of Wyoming than are moving in.
The reason appears to be loss of employment opportunities in the gas industry. Coal-bed methane development in particular has taken a downturn in recent years.
A report by the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division says Wyoming's estimated population grew by 930 people between July 2013 and July 2014.
But that increase was due to births. Over the same period, 2,200 fewer people moved into the state than moved out.
State economist Wenlin Liu tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle (http://bit.ly/1EyUE5J ) Wyoming had enjoyed positive net migration every year since 2002.
Wyoming ranks 41st among the states for population growth. Wyoming remains the least populated state, with about 584,000 people.
Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com
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