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

Increase, in percent, in sales at cigar stands and tobacco shops in Hillsborough County, 1994 to 1995: 16.6

Unemployment rate, in percent, in Hillsborough County during May: 3.8

Unemployment rate, in percent, statewide during May: 4.9

Unemployment rate, in percent, nationwide during May: 5.4

Births in Hillsborough County, January through March: 3,303

Deaths in Hillsborough County, January through March: 2,230

Estimated value of office, retail, wholesale, industrial, manufacturing, public and warehouse projects issued building permits in Hillsborough County, January through March: $32.9-million

Estimated value of non-residential buildings permitted in Hillsborough during the first three months of 1995: $23.9-million

Average number of persons per household in the city of Tampa, 1985: 2.4

Average household size in Tampa, 1990: 2.35

Average household size in Tampa, 1995: 2.16

Sources for Quality of Life Index

Cigar and tobacco sales: Florida Department of Revenue. Sales went from $24.9-million in 1994 to $29-million in 1995.

Unemployment: Florida Labor Market Trends, May 1996, a newsletter published by the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, Bureau of Labor Market Information. Hillsborough's 3.8 percent unemployment rate in May was the same as April's jobless rate but was lower than May 1995's rate of 4.1 percent.

Births and deaths: Vital News, July 1996 newsletter published by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services' Office of Vital Statistics.

Permits: "Partners in Planning," June 1996, a building permit report by the Hillsborough City-County Planning Commission.

Household size in Tampa: "Evaluation and Appraisal Report, Tampa Comprehensive Plan," a June 13 report of the Hillsborough City-County Planning Commission.

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