One Year After Katrina, New Orleans Remains a Shadow of its Former Self

Virtually every indicator shows that New Orleans remains a shadow of its former self: employment, availability and use of electricity, schools, hospitals, stores are all at a fraction of their pre-storm strength. But intriguingly, casino revenue surpasses pre-Katrina levels.
 Pre-KatrinaSeptember 2005One Year After Katrina
Metropolitan Area Employment612,000400,000430,000
Homes and Businesses Using Electricity 213,000 NA 100,000
Public School Students55,000022,000 (est.)
Open Hospitals with Emergency Rooms 9 0 3
Open Restaurants and Food Stores3,7180940
Casino Revenue (million dollars)40060