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Aftermath (continued)

Special Issue | Two years after the storm, setbacks are a way of life

Issue: "Effective Compassion," Sept. 1, 2007

HURRICANE KATRINA

POPULATION

2005: 1.4 million in New Orleans metropolitan area pre-Katrina
2007: 1.1 million

2005: 455,000 in city of New Orleans
2007: 255,000

EMPLOYMENT

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2005: 204,476 jobs in Orleans parish
2007: 157,826 jobs*
*New Orleans metro area added 29,100 jobs between April 2006 and April 2007

EDUCATION

2005: 128 public schools open in Orleans Parish
2007: 58 (as of May 2007)

Public school enrollment in Orleans Parish:
2004: 66,372 students enrolled in Orleans Parish*
2007: 26,165
* There are no statistics for fall 2005 due to Katrina

TOURISM/BUSINESS/INFRASTRUCTURE

2005: 23 state-licensed hospitals in Orleans Parish
2007: 12

2005: 1 million visitors attended Mardi Gras
2007: 800,000 Mardi Gras visitors
2007: 822 restaurants open-more than 100 percent of pre-Katrina totals

OTHER

More than 30,000 buildings await demolition
More than 50 million cubic yards of debris have been removed
Debris cleanup estimated at 78 percent complete
4,525 mobile homes and 51,173 travel trailers are occupied in Louisiana
According to FEMA, of the $4.6 billion in aid available to Louisiana, FEMA has paid more than $3 billion as of June 1, 2007. Of that, Orleans Parish received $1.21 billion.

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