January 6, 2020
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U.S. population growth smallest in decades

America's population grew by 0.5% from July 2018 to July 2019, which is the slowest growth in decades, The New York Times reports.

The natural increase in the country's population was less than 1 million, which is the first time it has dropped below that mark in decades, the Census Bureau says. There are more than 328 million people in the country now.

A noted demographer told the Times that the percentage increase was the lowest in a century, and that the expected growth rate of the last decade -- about 6.7% -- will be the lowest since the federal government began the Census in 1790.

"This is a huge downturn in the nation's growth," said William H. Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. "This is even lower than the Great Depression."

Major factors include a decrease in the number of new immigrants and millennials waiting to have children.

"As baby boomers approach retirement and as many millennials wait to have children, the population slowdown is expected to continue," the newspaper reports.

Also, the article notes that California has lost more than 400,000 people over the last decade and may lose one of its 53 Congressional seats during the next congressional reapportionment.

However, things are a bit different in Washington. The state had a population increase of about 12% from 2010 to 2019, and now includes 7.6 million people. Check out Washington's data here to learn more.

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Federal space push is an opportunity for Washington

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

The new federal Space Force received just $40 million in the $738 billion defense budget that Congress recently approved.

That amount is as comical as the name Space Force, which sounds like something from a low-budget sci-fi movie.

But that belies serious effort and spending the federal government is now devoting to space activities. Snickering aside, this should renew Washington state efforts to be sure its universities, workers and growing cluster of space companies play substantial roles in these national investments.

As the nation increases space investment, legislators and Gov. Jay Inslee should nurture and grow space research, development and manufacturing in Washington, building on its historical leadership in aerospace and software.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times