Population Losses

Hamilton County trying to stem population losses

Hamilton County officials are talking again about how to stem the loss of population and private-sector jobs to other areas. Officials of the Cincinnati-dominated county are worried about the continuing outflow of people and jobs to other southwest Ohio counties and to northern Kentucky. Hamilton County commissioner Phil Heimlich has asked an organization of economic-development specialists to study the county's strengths and weaknesses. Heimlich hopes to receive recommendations from the International Economic Development Council by Wednesday on how to attract population and jobs. Census figures show that Hamilton County's two-point-six percent population decline from April 2002 to last July was the second-worst in the country behind San Francisco County, California.