(WXYZ) - A new report published Thursday morning by the U.S. Census Bureau found the state of Michigan showed a slight gain in residents, but the metro Detroit area lost some of its population. Wayne County experienced one of the biggest declines among the nation's largest counties. Data from July 2011 - July 2012 showed Wayne County lost more than 9,400 residents, a 0.5% decline. Oakland County's population increased by 0.8%. The number of people living in Macomb County also grew by 0.5%. The Detroit-Warren-Dearborn region experienced a population decline of 0.1% and now falls to the 14th most populated area in the country.
The state of Michigan showed a .07% increase in population.
Nationally, more than 1 in 3 counties experienced a decline in population. Experts believe the drop is due to young adults seeking employment elsewhere and fewer new immigrants moving into metropolitan areas.