The count: average rental price per month of a one-bedroom apartment in New Orleans

SOURCE: REAL ESTATE ANALYSIS FIRM ABODO. New Orleans is No. 1 — in U.S. cities with the highest rent hike over the last six months, according to ABODO, a rent-analysis company.

The count: Percentage of New Orleanians who don’t have a crime camera on their house or business

A recent survey of 400 New Orleans residents from 20 neighborhoods revealed that almost four out of five don't have a crime camera on their home or business, according to the group Safe on Our Streets (, which raises awareness of public safety. Nevertheless, 60 percent of people thought there were "many" or "a few" crime cameras in their area.

The count: average sales tax in Louisiana

10.2 percent
The Pelican State's combination of local and state sales taxes is the highest in the U.S., according to a midyear report from the Washington D.C.-based Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy nonprofit group.   While the 5 percent state sales tax isn't particularly high compared to many others (ranking only 33rd in the nation), the average local sales tax rate of 5.02 percent puts Louisiana well at the top of taxing states and the only one topping 10 percent (Tennessee, at No. 2, has an average tax of 9.45 percent).

The count: how much Louisiana will pay in solar tax credits

$15 million
Louisiana ended its solar tax credit program in 2015, with solar users footing a bill they had hoped would be offset with tax credits the state had promised. In the 2017 legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers agreed to pay out up to $5 million a year over three years for tax credits claimed for solar systems bought through 2015.

The count: the size of the 'dead zone' along the Gulf Coast

10,089 square miles
A hypoxic water mass — one with extremely low oxygen levels suffocating sea life — forming on the Gulf of Mexico continental shelf is expected to grow to the size of Vermont this summer. The Gulf's "dead zone" (pictured in red) is expected to cover 10,089 square miles of the continental shelf off the Louisiana and Texas coasts, among the largest dead zones measured in more than 30 years, according to three June and July forecasts from scientists and researchers working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The count: percentage of black women in Louisiana living below the poverty line

31.3 percent
SOURCE: Institute for Women's Policy Research. A report released last week from the nonpartisan Institute for Women's Policy Research revealed troubling data about the economic and social challenges facing black women in Louisiana.

The count: average weekly payout of unemployment benefits compared to average weekly wage

24.2 percent
Source: 24/7 Wall St. Louisiana was listed at the very top of the worst states in America for the unemployed in a new survey by the website 24/7 Wall St., which calculated the percentage of unemployed people receiving benefits; the percentage of the average weekly rate covered; the state's unemployment rate; and the percentage of loss/growth in the state in 2016.

The count: months without a FEMA director

Hurricane season began last week, but there's no one in charge permanently at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is tasked with coordinating response for major disasters that affect the U.S. Since former FEMA Director Craig Fugate departed in January, around the time of the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the office has been headed by acting administrator Robert Fenton.   In April, Trump nominated Brock Long, a veteran of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, for the position of FEMA director, but Long has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.

The count: major hurricanes expected this year during Atlantic hurricane season

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be above normal in terms of activity, NOAA announced last week in its annual forecast of activity. NOAA scientists forecast 11 to 17 named storms, with five to nine of them becoming hurricanes and two to four becoming major hurricanes.

The count: proposed age at which a child may hold a fully automatic gun in Louisiana

No child under the age of 13 may be given or hold, let alone shoot, a fully automatic gun, however short the time, under a bill that made it out of the House Criminal Justice Committee last week. House Bill 67, which made it to the full House chamber for debate on a 7-6 vote, criminalizes "giving, selling, donating, providing, lending, delivering or otherwise transferring" a fully automatic gun to any child 12 years old or younger.

The count: Attendance at Jazz Fest 2017

Despite some heavy rains during its two-week run, the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival brought roughly 425,000 people to the Fair Grounds Race Course. That number is on par with 2016's attendance, when the fest canceled or cut short headlining performances on its second Saturday because of rough weather.

The count: Louisiana members of Congress who voted for the American Health Care Act

Five of six Louisiana members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in support of the American Health Care Act on May 4, which rolls back Medicaid benefits by nearly $900 billion over the next decade, allows companies to raise premiums for people with "pre-existing conditions" and ditch certain essential health benefits, blocks funding for Planned Parenthood and generally guts most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   All 193 House Democrats voted against the latest bill, including New Orleans Rep. Cedric Richmond, the only Louisiana Democrat in the House.


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