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

Percentage of Hillsborough County adults who said in a 1992 survey that they expect the quality of life in Hillsborough to grow worse in the near future: 24

Percentage of Hillsborough adults who said in a 1996 survey that they expect the quality of life in Hillsborough to grow worse in the near future: 34.3

Increase in retail sales, in percent, nationwide, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 8 of this year compared to the first 10 days of the holiday shopping season last year: +3.7

Increase in retail sales, in percent, statewide, for the first 10 days of the holiday shopping season this year compared to the same time last year: +3.5

Increase in retail sales, in percent, in Tampa, for the first 10 days of the holiday shopping season this year compared to the same time last year: +2.9

Total number of people employed in non-agricultural jobs in the Tampa metro area in August 1995: 983,600

Total number of people employed in non-agricultural jobs in the Tampa metro area in August 1996: 1,011,300

Average length, in minutes, of power outages for Tampa Electric Co. customers who lost power in 1995: 99

Average length, in minutes, of power outages for St. Petersburg-based Florida Power Corp. customers who lost power in 1995: 124

Sources for Quality of Life Index

Quality of Life: "Hillsborough Tomorrow, Today Vision, Tomorrow Reality: The Hillsborough

County Benchmarks Report," a December 1996 report produced jointly by the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and the University of South Florida Center of Design and Research. The report is modeled on a similar statewide report and is designed to measure Hillsborough's status in seven different areas. The information in it was gathered from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1, 1996.

Retail spending: TeleCheck Services Inc. of Houston, the world's largest check acceptance company. The TeleCheck Retail Index is based on a year-over-year, same-store comparison of the dollar volume of authorized checks written by consumers at more than 20,000 of TeleCheck's 160,000 subscribing locations. Checks account for more than a third of retail spending.

Unemployment: Florida Labor Market Trends, August 1996, a newsletter published by the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, Bureau of Labor Market Information.

The Tampa metro area includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The area's 2.8 percent increase in the number of jobs exactly matches the statewide increase of 2.8 percent for the same 12 months.

Power outages: Tampa Electric Co.

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