County Business Patterns Report

Fewer manufacturing jobs, housing bust haunt many U.S. counties, By Tim Henderson, January 22, 2016, Stateline: “This Georgia suburb, about 23 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, has been buffeted by the broader economic troubles the U.S. has experienced since 2000.  Rockdale County businesses produce disposable cups and pizza boxes, walk-in coolers and pre-fabricated gas stations. But since the turn of the century, the number of manufacturing jobs in the county has declined by 27 percent, according to the latest County Business Patternsreport produced by the U.S. Census Bureau. Now more Rockdale residents have lower-paying jobs in health care, retail, hotels and restaurants — and they are falling behind…”

Census Small Area Health Insurance Estimates

  • Uninsured on rise in Nashville, By Anita Wadhwani, August 31, 2012, The Tennessean: “Nearly one in six Tennesseans under the age of 65 lacks health insurance, an increase of more than 14 percent since the start of the recession in 2008, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Every county in Tennessee saw larger numbers of people without insurance from 2008 to 2010. But in Davidson County, there was a significant jump, with 25,000 more people added to the rolls of the uninsured in two years. By 2010, one in five Nashvillians under 65 – or 106,800 people – was uninsured, compared with one in seven in 2008…”
  • Harris County no longer has nation’s highest uninsured rate, By Todd Ackerman, August 29, 2012, Houston Chronicle: “Harris County’s percentage of people without health insurance improved slightly in new census data released Wednesday, a hopeful sign in the county’s quest to end its dubious distinction as the nation’s symbol of the crisis. An estimated 29.9 percent of Harris County residents lacked health insurance in 2010, according to the new U.S. Census Bureau data, a smaller share than Miami-Dade County’s 35.8 percent and Dallas County’s 31 percent. The rankings represent a reversal of those released two years ago, when Harris had the highest rate among the nation’s large counties, Dallas the second highest and Miami-Dade the third…”

Medicaid Expansion – Texas

Texas counties consider going it alone on Medicaid expansion, By N.C. Aizenman, August 26, 2012, Washington Post: “Local officials in Texas are discussing whether to band together to expand Medicaid coverage in some of the state’s biggest counties, making an end run around Gov. Rick Perry’s opposition to the expanded program included in President Obama’s health-care law. For years, Texas’s six most populous counties, as well as some smaller localities, have offered free or low-cost health care for uninsured residents with incomes as much as three times the federal poverty level, or about $57,000 for a family of three. The cost of the programs: about $2 billion a year. If some of the patients were enrolled in Medicaid, the state-federal health-care program for the poor, it could be salve for cash-strapped county budgets and a boon for local taxpayers…”