(October 1, 2004) - LITTLE ROCK (AP) - New Census Bureau numbers show as many people have left the Arkansas Delta region in the last three years as it did in all of the 1990s. The region is behind in economic development and good jobs. A portion of the flight is the white population in the Delta counties, which has dropped 9 percent from 2000 to 2003. If the pace continues, 25 percent of the whites living in the Delta in 2000 will leave by 2010. The region's black population grew slightly. The Census Bureau estimates the population of the Delta counties - fell from 200-thousand-657 on April first, 2000, to 193-thousand-299 on July first, 2003, the Census Bureau estimated. The Delta counties include Mississippi, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee, Phillips, Desha and Chicot.