TLP: Stress-Testing America

Wednesday, June 09, 2010 , , , 0 Comments

economic stress
The big banks went through it. So why not counties across the nation? Using something called the Associated Press Economic Stress Index, the AP checked on counties to see how they're doing in this economy.

No surprise, really. California places first with 13 on the list of the top 20 most economically stressed counties. Nevada gets three and Michigan notches two and Arizona and New Mexico get one apiece. Look for home!

AP via The Huffington Post:
Here are the 20 most economically stressed counties with populations of at least 25,000 and their April 2010 Stress scores, according to The Associated Press Economic Stress Index:

1. Imperial County, Calif., 32.03
2. Lyon County, Nev., 28.16
3. Yuma County, Ariz., 26.4
4. Merced County, Calif., 26.23
5. Sutter County, Calif., 25.22
6. San Benito County, Calif., 24.7
7. Stanislaus County, Calif., 24.65
8. Nye County, Nev., 24.6
9. Yuba County, Calif., 24.2
10. San Joaquin County, Calif., 24.13
11. Luna County, New Mexico, 23.9
12. Clark County, Nev., 23.36
13. Lake County, Calif., 22.91
14. Lapeer County, Mich., 22.14
15. Kern County, Calif., 21.94
16. Iosco County, Mich., 21.85
17. Madera County, Calif., 21.79
18. Riverside County, Calif., 21.64
19. Fresno County, Calif., 21
20. Tulare County, Calif., 20.82
So, who's in good shape? The Midwest and the Great Plains. You might want to ask JDA for her take on economic activity in those states. She saw plenty of them a month or so ago. There's also one in suburban Washington, D.C,, and one in Louisiana.
A list of the 20 least economically stressed counties with populations of at least 25,000 and their April 2010 Stress scores, according to The Associated Press Economic Stress Index:

1. Ward County, N.D., 3.83
2. Brookings County, S.D., 3.9
3. Ellis County, Kan., 4.08
4. Burleigh County, N.D., 4.17
5. Ford County, Kan., 4.18
6. Brown County, S.D., 4.24
7. Grand Forks, N.D., 4.53
8. Buffalo County, Neb., 4.7
9. Arlington County, Va., 4.77
10. Sioux County, Iowa, 4.77
11. Riley County, Kan., 4.88
12. Finney County, Kan., 4.89
13. Cass County, N.D., 4.9
14. Lincoln County, S.D., 5
15. Platte County, Neb., 5
16. Albany County, Wyo., 5.07
17. Lincoln County, Neb., 5.24
18. Madison County, Neb., 5.24
19. Lafourche, La., 5.32
20. Codington, S.D., 5.32
Somewhere, the AP must have defined the "stress scores." Good luck finding it. I didn't bother. There are advantages to being lazy.

The Lazy Paperboy

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.

0 comments: