Connecticut, Vermont and Maine Had Population Loss Based On Census
In the last fiscal year, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine had population loss based on census by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to former Maine state economist Charles Colgan, now at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, the loss of people or the dawdling growth of population has been a predicament throughout New England as population advances in years.
“In the short term, it means that we’re not getting the migration into Maine and Vermont that we need to offset the declining or aging population,” he said.
The first population loss since 2008 happened to Connecticut in 2014. During this time, officials believed that one of the reasons for the population loss is the boost in the economy. People put off their retirement during the last recession until they are able to retire at this point, in most cases they retire to Florida.
Statistics this year indicated Connecticut losing 3,876 people, or minus 0.11%, last year for a total population of 3,590,886; Maine lost 928 people last year, which is 0.07% showing a total population of 1,329,328; Vermont on the other hand lost 725, equivalent to 0.12% giving a total population of 626,042.
Aside from Connecticut, Maine and Vermont, the other states with a recorded population loss according to federal statistics released earlier this week are Illinois, West Virginia, Mississippi and New Mexico. The total U.S. population last year showed 0.79 % increase and reached 321.4 million. The state with the fastest growing population is North Dakota, adding 2.3 percent to its population to 756,927. The oil-rich western North Dakota appeal highly to people searching for jobs.
Economist Charles Colgan said unemployment rate drops as a result of the population loss but economies become stationary since workers are required to develop the economy. He also said that there has to be international immigration in order to increase the population of the region.
Colgan said, “If we keep restricting inward migration, it’s going to do real serious damage to New England. That’s really the only source of growth that we’re looking at. So the more federal policy clamps down on international migration the more it’s going to hurt the north and in particular New England.”