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Characteristics of Shocked and Nonshocked District Counties

Table: Characteristics of Shocked and Nonshocked District Counties

Published November 1, 2005  |  November 2005 issue

    Medians*  
  Shocked Non-
shocked
15 Weak**
Recoveries
14 Strong†
Recoveries
Employment level (1989)
1,534
5,376
1,817
1,240
Earned income per capita (1989)
7,935
8,220
7,800
8,290
Earned income per worker (1989)
16,424
17,060
15,632
17,641
Percent of population with high school diploma (1990)
72.5
73.9
71.9
74.3
Percent of population with college degree (1990)
12.4
12.6
12.6
13.7
Poverty rate (1989) ††
15.9
14.9
17.3
15.2
Construction (as % of total 1990 employment)§
3.9
4.0
4.1
5.1
Manufacturing (as a % of total 1990 employment)§
4.3
8.0
2.9
7.6
Services (as a % of total 1990 employment)
18.1
22.0
19.2
17.6
Farm employment (as a % of total 1990 employment)
25.9
14.5
30.4
19.8
Percent of Population age 0-15 (1990)
24.9
24.4
25.3
24.7
Percent of Population age 16-64 (1990)
56.7
57.6
56.6
57.3

Percent of Population age 65+ (1990)

17.5
17.2
16.8
17.2
Percent of foreign born (1990)
0.9
1.0
0.7
1.0

Percent unemployment growth (1979-1989)

-0.5
0.0
-0.5
-0.3
Border MSA
11
76
5
5
MSA
0
29
0
0
 
Post shock employment growth (annualized) §§
1.0
1.3
0.3
2.6
Post shock income per capita growth (annualized)§§
3.4
4.3
3.2
3.4
Change in poverty rate: 1999-1989
-1.3
-3
-1.1
-0.9
 
*Middle value in the distribution.
**Annual average employment growth less lan 0.3 percent following shock.
†Annual average employment growth greater than 1.5 percent following shock.
††Percent of population living below poverty.
§Data not available for some counties.
§§For shocked counties, growth is from the year of the final shock to the average of 2000-2002.
For nonshocked counties, growth is from 1993 to the average of 2000-2002.

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

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