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Experts say Vt. population loss challenge to growth

MONTPELIER — Vermont’s population decreased last year for the first time in nearly three-quarters of a century, according to US Census figures, with more people leaving the state than moving in. The exodus is part of a broader trend that has flattened the state’s growth rate for years.

While the fiscal 2012 population decline of 581 people was small, it was the first time since 1944 that Vermont lost population, economist Art Woolf said.

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