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

Sales at cigar stands and tobacco shops in Hillsborough County during 1995: $29-million

Sales at cigar stands and tobacco shops in Hillsborough during 1996: $46.2-million

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

Unemployment rate, in percent, statewide in November: 4.8

Unemployment rate, in percent, nationwide in November: 5

Approximate number of parking tickets written per day by city of Tampa meter readers when motorists with disabled parking hang-tags could park at the city's meters for free: 460

Approximate number of tickets being written per day since the City Council banned the use of disabled parking hang-tags to park at meters for free: 510 to 520

Percentage of Tampa Bay business executives who expect their companies will do better in 1997 than in 1996: 80

Percentage of local executives who expect their companies to do worse this year than last year: 3

Percentage who expect business to stay about the same as in 1996: 17

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

Cigar sales: Florida Department of Revenue.

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

Parking tickets: City of Tampa parking division.

Business outlook: Seventh annual Times poll of Tampa Bay business leaders. The poll was conducted in early January by the Times' research division. Pollsters contacted 332 executives. A total of 203 responded.

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