A Long Way to Go for New Orleans

Rebuilding in New Orleans has been agonizingly slow, as a range of statistics collected by researchers at the Brookings Institution demonstrates.

Before Katrina

6 Months after Katrina

10 Months after Katrina

Unemployment (percent) – (M)

5.8

4.3

6.4

Labor Force Displaced – (M)

--

258,000

309,000

Occupied Emergency Trailers & Mobile Homes

--

83,500

113,664

Households Receiving Rental Assistance

--

645,000

678,350

Hospitals Open (percent) -- (C)

100

45

50

Public Schools Open (percent) -- (C)

100

15

18

Child Care Centers Open (percent) -- (C)

100

14

21

Operational Public Buses (percent) -- (C)

100

17

17

Homes with Electricity (percent) -- (C)

100

50

60

Public Libraries Open (percent) -- (C)

100

38

46

The numbers are either for the city in a strict sense (C) or for the larger metropolitan area (M). For trailers and rental assistance, the numbers are for all the displaced currently living anywhere in the United States.

Matt Fellowes, Bruce Katz, Amy Liu, and Nigel Holmes, “The State of New Orleans: An Update,” New York Times, 5 July 2006.