Saturday, January 21, 2006

Data on New Orleans

Lots of data for anyone doing research. Here are some highlights (lowlights?):

Most schools and hospitals in Orleans Parish remain closed. Only five percent of the schools are open in Orleans Parish, for instance, and only 32 percent of the city's hospitals are now open.

Buying food is still difficult to do in the metro area. Only about one out of every three retail food establishments (e.g., grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores) is open in the metropolitan area.

Personal income in Louisiana dropped 25 percent between the second and third quarter of this year, and increased by nearly 1 percent in Mississippi. Among other effects, this means Louisiana's state budget likely shrunk even while the need for the state's services substantially increased. Alternatively, Mississippi's budget was likely not affected by a change in personal income.


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