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Ohio lost more residents than it gained last year

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — More people moved out of Ohio last year than moved into the state.

That's according to an analysis by the Dayton Daily News, which also reports that the state is losing fewer residents than it has in many years because the economy is improving.

According to U.S. Census data, Ohio lost 14,271 more people than it gained in 2011 — the lowest net loss since 2005.

Experts say the slowing net outflow corresponds with improvements to Ohio's job market and unemployment rate. Job opportunities are one of the primary drivers of migration, and Ohio's economy has recovered faster than some other Midwestern states.

Still, experts say, Ohio continues to lose more people than it gains partly because it has struggled to attract immigrants.