West Virginia population drops for 6th straight year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The U.S. Census Bureau says West Virginia’s population has dropped for the sixth straight year.

Estimates released Wednesday show West Virginia’s population shrank by 11,216 residents. It was among nine states to lose population.

As of July 1, the state’s population was estimated at about 1.81 million residents. West Virginia’s population has dipped every year since reaching 1,855,360 in 2012.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 5.2 percent, compared with the national rate of 3.7 percent.

The estimates show the nation’s population grew less than 1 percent.

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