Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

10—number of counties in North Carolina that had poverty rates of 20 percent or more every year from 1970 to 2000 (“The Legacy of Hardship; Persistent Poverty in North Carolina, N.C. Budget and Tax Center, January 2012)

9—number of counties in North Carolina with persistent poverty that have housing stress, with 30 percent or more of its households having a lack of complete plumbing, a lack of complete kitchen, having more than person per room or paying 30 percent or more of income for housing costs (Ibid)

5.6—average number of primary care physicians per 10,000 people in 10 counties with persistent poverty (Ibid)

9.4—state average number of primary care physicians per 10,000 people (Ibid)

9—number of 10 counties with persistent poverty with life expectancy below state average of 77.3 years (Ibid)

8—number of 10 counties with persistent poverty with unemployment rates above state rate of 10 percent in November 2011 (Ibid)

82—amount in dollars earned by African-American workers in the Black Belt (a crescent of economically-stressed communities that stretches to Louisiana) for every 100 dollars earned by African-American workers in the South not in the Black Belt (Ibid)

80—amount in dollars earned by African-American workers in the Black Belt (a crescent of economically-stressed communities that stretched to Louisiana) for every 100 dollars earned by non-Southern African-American workers (Ibid)

40—percentage greater, as a share of their income, that low and moderate income households pay in state and local taxes than the wealthiest one-percent of wage earners (“Strengthen the State Earned Income Tax Credit: Support North Carolina’s Working Families and the Economic Recovery,” N.C. Budget and Tax Center.”)

5.4 million—number of Americans lifted out of poverty by EITC in 2010 (Ibid)

880,000—number of households in North Carolina that claimed the state EITC in 2009 (Ibid)

100 million—amount in dollars that the state EITC put into the pockets of low-income families in North Carolina in 2009 (Ibid)

113—amount in dollars of the average value of the state EITC to families claiming the credit in 2009 (Ibid)

25—number of years since President Ronald Reagan called the federal EITC “the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress.” (Ibid)

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