Economist: population growth to slow slightly

Laramie, Wyo. – Wyoming's population will not grow as fast in 2008 as it did last year. That's according to state Economist Amy Bittner.

She says job growth in 2006 led to a significant jump in population for 2007. Bittner says last year's job growth was still strong, but not enough to keep pace with the most recent results from the U-S Census Bureau.

"I mean, 2 percent is really strong growth," Bittner says. "Even though we might not see a number at that range, 1 to 1.5 percent, that's still pretty strong, stable growth."

Bittner says communities that had struggled to provide housing for new workers have slowly met the demand.She says that has also allowed the population to grow faster than normal.

According to the U-S Census Bureau, Wyoming's population was nearly 523-thousand as of July 2007.