BTC Just Released: March 12, 2012

Just Released: County Snapshots

Today we bring you the first issue of Just Released, an email update from the Budget & Tax Center you can expect every time we publish new research on the economy, poverty, the state budget, and taxes. Just Released is about making sure the Budget & Tax Center’s timely publications are at your fingertips. And when you’re short on time, Just Released will give you a quick summary of the topline findings of our work. To make sure your colleagues and friends receive Just Released, send them here to sign up.

Economic Snapshot for all 100 North Carolina Counties
The Budget & Tax Center’s annual Economic Snapshot is now available and offers a county-by-county look at how well North Carolina communities are faring across key economic and social outcomes. If you’re wondering how many people are in poverty, receiving food stamps, or lack health insurance in your county, the Economic Snapshot is your one-stop shop for quick data.

Indicators included in the Economic Snapshot for every county are:

  • Unemployment rate, size of labor force, and number of employed
  • Poverty, wage, and income estimates
  • Housing affordability measure and the number of foreclosure filings
  • Health insurance coverage, life expectancy rate, and Medicaid participation rate
  • Graduation rate and the percent of working-age adults with bachelor’s degrees or higher
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participation rate and annual total of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refunds
  • The Living Income Standard for a family with 1 adult and 2 children and a family with 2 adults and 2 children.

This year, the data is available online as a PDF but also via an interactive online map. You’ll be able to click on the county you want data for and a range of indicators will pop up.

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