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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX // Our times as told by statistic

Unemployment rate, in percent, in Hillsborough County in January: 5

Unemployment rate, in percent, statewide in January: 6

Unemployment rate, in percent, nationwide in January: 6.3

Number of 17-year-old girls who had babies in Hillsborough County in 1995: 413

Number of 16-year-olds who had babies in Hillsborough last year: 248

Number of 15-year-olds who had babies in Hillsborough last year: 121

Number of 14-year-olds who had babies in Hillsborough last year: 52

Number of 13-year-olds who had babies in Hillsborough last year: 8

Robberies in Hillsborough County, 1994: 4,539

Robberies in Hillsborough, 1995: 3,622

Percentage of office space vacant in downtown Tampa during the first three months of this year: 25.1

Percentage of office space vacant in central business districts statewide during the first quarter of this year: 18.9

Percentage of office space vacant in parts of Tampa's office market away from downtown during the first three months of this year: 13.2

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SOURCES, 1B

UNEMPLOYMENT: Florida Labor Market Trends, January 1996, a newsletter published by the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, Bureau of Labor Market Information. Hillsborough's 5 percent unemployment rate in January was a percentage point higher than the 4 percent rate of December 1995, but was slightly lower than the county's 5.1 percent rate of January 1995.

YOUNG MOTHERS: Vital News, March 1996 newsletter published by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services Office of Vital Statistics. Of the 13,450 babies born in Hillsborough during 1995, the majority of them _ 9,948 _ were born to mothers ages 20 to 34. The state's statistics show that two babies were born last year to mothers younger than 13.

ROBBERIES: Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

OFFICE VACANCY RATES: Cushman & Wakefield. The percentages cited here are for the market's overall vacancy rate. The so-called direct vacancy rate tends to be slightly lower. Tampa's overall office market vacancy rate was 16.9 percent, compared to 17 percent in Miami, 12 percent in Orlando and Broward County, 14 percent in Palm Beach County and 13.8 percent in Pinellas County. When it came to downtown office space, Tampa's market was most similar to those in Miami and Palm Beach County. Those central business districts had vacancy rates of 22.3 percent and 22.9 percent, respectively. Downtown Orlando had only 8 percent of its office space vacant. Broward County had a 9.6 percent office vacancy rate.

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