Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) Alaska's net population dropped by 8,900 in 2017 according to the March Edition of Alaska Economic Trends.
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development report found that Alaska's birthrate has offset a migration loss of 29,000 people over the last five years which kept the total population growing. Last year birth rates fell and death rates increased, and that led to a population decrease of 0.4 percent.
Tough economic times were listed as the most likely region for the population decline.
Population in southeast Alaska was estimated at 72,915, a decline of 912 residents or 1.24 percent in 2017. Juneau saw a decrease from 32,723 in 2016 to 32,269 in 2017. Haines saw a decline of seven residents to 2,459, Hoonah-Angoon a decline of 53 residents to 2,122, Ketchikan saw a rise of five residents to 13,754, Petersburg lost 30 residents to 3,147, Prince of Wales Island saw a decline of 101 people to 6,390, Sitka saw a decrease of 166 residents to 8,748, Skagway lost two residents to 1,087, Wrangell saw a decrease of 69 residents to 2,387 while Yakutat lost 42 residents to 552.