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Oil patch county paces NM population growth

May 24, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lea County, in the heart of southeastern New Mexico’s bustling oil patch, was the fastest-growing county in the state last year, while two-third of the counties lost population, according to the Census Bureau.

With New Mexico’s economy still weak, the statewide population increased by a meager 0.3 percent from 2011 to 2012. All of the growth came from births, because more people left New Mexico than moved into the state, according to the federal agency’s latest population estimates.

“I am very disturbed about this,” said Jack Baker, the state demographer Login to read more

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