- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The population of the City and Borough of Juneau has declined, according to reports from the Alaska Department of Labor and the U.S. Census Bureau.

An Alaska Department of Labor report said that the population declined by four people from 2013-2014, the Juneau Empire reported (https://bit.ly/1Q8s5fN ) Tuesday. Federal figures released last week showed a decline of 220 people.

Writing in Alaska Economic Trends magazine, state demographer Eddie Hunsinger said Alaska posted its first population decline since the oil bust of the mid-1980s. The state report shows the state lost 61 people, largely due to deaths outpacing births. The federal report showed the state losing 527 residents.

The declines occurred before the significant drop in oil prices, the Juneau Empire reported.

Juneau had a population of 26,751 in the 1990 census and 31,275 in 2010. The city estimated a 2013 population of 32,626, while the state estimated Juneau’s population at 33,030.

The difference between estimates is due to variations in the way the figures are calculated.

According to state estimates, Southeast Alaska’s population declined by 30 people from 2013, to 74,280 people in 2014.

Only the Anchorage/Mat-Su and Gulf Coast regions of the state posted population gains during the time period, the estimates show.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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