Census figures show decline of New York's rural areas

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New census figure show rural counties suffering the sharpest population drops in New York since 2010.

The population estimates for 2019 released Thursday show Hamilton County in the Adirondacks posted a state-high drop of almost 9%.

Delaware County posted an almost 8% drop and Chenango County saw a loss of close to 7%.

Experts say rural areas are caught in a mutually reinforcing down-cycle in which businesses shutter and people move away.

 There are fewer manufacturing jobs and fewer farms.

There are even fewer prisons, a longtime durable source of rural employment.    

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