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County Explorer September Update: SRS Funding, Housing Costs and more

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New data in September

659

SRS Funding

659 county governments received more than $277 million in Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding in FY2017.

83%

Local Government Pay

83% of counties have an average annual local – county and municipality – government pay below the $47,476 DOL overtime threshold. In May 2016, U.S. Department of Labor announced a rule on overtime pay that would raise the salary level for overtime eligibility to $47,476.

51%

Unemployment Rate

51% of counties had unemployment rates below the national average – 4.4% – in 2017.

$2.7B

WIOA Funding

$2.7 billion allocated to states, local workforce development boards, counties and others through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Program Year 2018.

64%

Housing Costs

In 2016, homeowners with mortgages in 64% of counties had median monthly owner costs above $1,000.

1.26M

Residential Building Permits

In 2017, 1.26 million privately-owned housing units were authorized by building permits in counties across the nation.

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