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December 20, 2013

Appanoose County losing ground

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High School Graduation increased by 8.3 percent. In 2000, 155 graduated. In 2012, 123 graduated.

The percentage increased because the number of eligible students enrolled dropped from 191 in the year 2000 to 140 in the year 2012.

Infant Mortality, according to the report, was not available.

Low Birthweight increased by 34 percent. In the year 2000, 142 live births were recorded with eight as low birthweight. In 2012, 159 live births were recorded with 12 as low birthweight.

Prenatal Care increased by 24.8 percent. In 2007, 168 prenatal care births were recorded with 113 needing prenatal care. In 2012, 156 prenatal care births were recorded with 131 needing prenatal care.

Preschool enrollment increased by 31.1 percent. In 2000, Appanoose County had 297 children between the ages of 3-4 with 123 in preschool. From the years of 2007-2011, Appanoose County had 409 children between the ages of 3-4 with 222 in preschool.

Single Parent Families in Appanoose County increased by 25.7 percent. In 2000, there were 1,735 families with children and 497 of those were with single parents. In 2010, the number of families with children dropped to 1,488 but the number of single parent went to 536.

Teen Births increased by 8.9 percent. In 2000, the female population age 15-19 was 467 with 20 live births. In 2012, the number of live births dropped to 16 and the number of females age 15-19 dropped to 343.

Teen Unmarried Births increased by 21.8 percent. In 2000, 142 live births were recorded with 11 of those attributed to teen unmarried births. In 2012, 159 live births were recorded with 15 of those attributed to teen unmarried births.

Unemployment in Appanoose County increased by 62 percent from the year 2000 to 2012. The labor force in 2000 numbered 6,550 with 280 as unemployed. In 2012, the labor force was 5,920 with 410 unemployed.

The reports lists the following sources for its information:

Iowa Department of Human Services; Iowa Department of Public Health; United States Census Bureau; Internal Revenue Service; Iowa Department of Education; and Iowa Workforce Development.

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