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The Daily Dime is a summary of the day's news stories related to the state budget and issues that affect low- and middle-income individuals and families, compiled every business day by Louisiana Budget Project staff. Click here to have the Daily Dime delivered to your inbox.


Looking beyond the unemployment rate

Posted on September 21, 2018
The national unemployment rate is at a near-historic low, but it’s important to remember that unemployment statistics only count adults who are unemployed but actively looking for work.

Number of the Day

59.4 - Louisiana’s seasonally-adjusted labor force participation rate in July 2018, meaning 6 in 10 working age adults were working or actively looking or work. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Teacher pay raise is top 2019 priority

Posted on September 20, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that a $1,000 annual pay raise for teachers and $500 for school support staff would be his top legislative priority in 2019, calling it critical to attracting motivated people to the profession.

Number of the Day

12.4 percent - Poverty rate for the 100 largest metro areas in the nation. This is the fourth year in a row that major metro poverty has fallen. New Orleans was the only metro area where poverty increased. (Source: Brookings Institution)

China’s tariffs strike Louisiana

Posted on September 19, 2018
The economy in Southwest Louisiana is booming due to the massive industrial construction projects. The vast majority of these projects are connected to plants built to export liquid natural gas (LNG). Investors in these facilities planned to do business with China, but President Donald Trump’s tariffs have put all of that in jeopardy.

Number of the Day

20.7 - Percentage of black adults in Louisiana that have an associate degree or higher.  (Source: The Education Trust)

Location and life expectancy in New Orleans

Posted on September 18, 2018
The average life expectancy in a region says a lot about the population’s overall health, and a new tool  developed by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a glimpse at life expectancy data down to the  Census tract level.

Number of the Day

634,000 - Estimated number of adults in Louisiana who have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder. (Source: Nola.com/The Times Picayune)

We’re measuring the wrong things

Posted on September 17, 2018
By most conventional measures, America’s economy is booming. But for millions of Americans, it doesn’t feel like a boom.

Number of the Day

10,551 - Total number of state contracts as of July - a 25 percent drop since July 2016. (Source: Division of Administration via The Advocate)

New Census data reveal concerning trends

Posted on September 14, 2018
An alarmingly high percentage of Louisiana families continue to face serious economic challenges, with almost 1 in 5 Louisianans living below the poverty line in 2017, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data.

Number of the Day

$2,240 - The amount the inflation-adjusted median household income in Louisiana has decreased between 2007 and 2017. (Source: LBP via the U.S. Census Bureau)

New Orleans poverty rate top among U.S. metros

Posted on September 13, 2018
New Orleans had the nation’s highest official poverty rate among the 50 largest metro areas in 2017, according to Census data released Thursday.

Number of the Day

899,039 - Number of Louisiana residents living below the poverty line in 2017, nearly one in five people in the state (19.7%). (Source: American Community Survey)

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