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

Births in Hillsborough County, January through September of 1996: 10,045

Births to unwed mothers in Hillsborough, January through September of 1996: 3,696

Percentage of the juvenile delinquents booked at Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center last March who lived with both of their parents: 17

Percentage who lived with their mothers only: 43

Number of reported boating accidents in Hillsborough County in 1992: 15

Number of boat accidents in Hillsborough in 1995: 29

Preliminary unemployment rate, in percent, for Hillsborough County in October: 3.6

Unemployment rate, in percent, statewide in October: 5.1

Unemployment rate, in percent, nationwide in October: 4.9

Decrease, in percent, in Tampa's domestic homicide rate last year: -66

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

Births to unwed mothers: Vital News, December 1996 newsletter published by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services Office of Vital Statistics.

Juvenile delinquents: Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center summary of delinquent youths processed at the center for March 1996, the most recent month for which statistics are available.

Boat accidents: "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.

Unemployment: Florida Labor Market Trends, October 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.

Domestic homicides: The Toronto Sun, Dec. 14, 1996.

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