12/20/2012 11:25 am ET Updated Feb 19, 2013

Census: Population Grows In Michigan For First Time In 7 Years

Michigan gained population in 2012 for the first time in seven years, another indication that the state has rebounded from its deep descent during the Great Recession, according to population estimates released Thursday morning by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The population gain was 0.1 percent, just 6,559 to 9,883,360, but it was the first gain since 2004. Unemployment rates in the state forced hundreds of thousands to seek work across the country.

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