Policymakers should be concerned about those numbers, said Christopher Jones, senior vice president for the Regional Plan Association, a Manhattan-based research and advocacy group focused on the tristate metropolitan region. “We don’t really know what’s causing it,” Jones said of New York’s population decline. “It could be from increasing housing prices. It could be that job creation is happening quicker in other parts of the country than here. A likely possibility is more people are reaching retirement age and moving elsewhere — Florida and other states.”
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