Federal, state reports show Juneau population decline

According to reports from the Alaska Department of Labor and the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the City and Borough of Juneau is declining.

The Juneau Empire reports that The Alaska Department of Labor report states that the population declined by four people from 2013-2014. The federal figures released last week showed a decline of 220 people.

Also during that time, 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 difference between estimates is due to variations in the way the figures are calculated.

According to state estimates, only the Anchorage/Mat-Su and Gulf Coast regions of the state posted population gains.