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

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New data in September


SRS Funding

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


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.


Unemployment Rate

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


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.


Housing Costs

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


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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