Youngstown makes list of decaying cities

YOUNGSTOWN — The city is among the top 10 fastest-dying cities in the U.S., according to a Forbes article published on the magazine’s Web site today.

The article did not rank the cities in any particular order but did reference information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau for each city, including migration since 2000, total population change, unemployment rate for June 2008 and annualized gross domestic product growth.

Forbes’ list of dying cities does not hold much meaning for Mayor Jay Williams, though.

“One list from someone who has not been to Youngstown and seen what is going on doesn’t have much credibility with me,” Williams said. “You can take data and have the data say anything you want.”

For the complete story, see Wednesday’s Vindicator and

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