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  • Jobs & Economic Development

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    Unemployment Rate
    6.6%

    The percentage of the workforce that is unemployed. A person is classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, they have actively looked for work in the previous four weeks, and they are currently available for work.

    Source: USDOL, Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2014

    Employment Growth (all sectors)
    1.95%

    The percentage of the workforce that is unemployed. A person is classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, they have actively looked for work in the previous four weeks, and they are currently available for work.

    Source: USDOL, Bureau of Labor Statistics, FY 2012

    Per Capita Personal Income
    $39,324

    The personal income of all residents divided by the population of Tennessee as of July 1 of the reference year. Personal income is the income received by all persons from all sources where all dollar estimates are in current dollars.

    Source: USDOC, Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2013

    Average Annual Wage
    $43,961

    The average annual wage for all industries in the private sector.

    Source: USDOL, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

    Poverty Rate
    17.9%

    The percent of the population (all ages) living in poverty. The data here reflects the federal government's official poverty definition.

    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012

    Growth in GDP (all industries)
    3.28%

    The percent growth in a state's annual output, which is the sum of value added from all industries in the state.

    Source: USDOC, Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2012

    Net New Jobs (private sector)
    45,500

    The number of new private sector jobs from one year to the next.

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

    Business Tax Climate Ranking
    15

    The state business tax climate index is put out by the Tax Foundation and measures the “tax-friendliness” to business of each state’s tax system. The ranking compares Tennessee's state business tax climate index to that of the other 50 states.

    Source: The Tax Foundation, FY 2014

  • Education & Workforce Development

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    Rank
    3rd Grade Reading
    48.8%

    The percentage of 3rd grade students (spring) who score at or above proficient on the TCAP reading assessment.

    Source: TN Department of Education Report Card, 2013

    7th Grade Math
    47.2%

    The percentage of 7th grade students (spring) who score at or above proficient on the TCAP mathematics assessment.

    Source: TN Department of Education Report Card, 2013

    ACT College and Career Readiness Benchmark
    18%

    The percentage of ACT-tested graduates in Tennessee (both public and private school students) who meet or exceed the College Readiness Benchmark score in all four subjects: English, math, reading, and science.

    Source: ACT State Profile Report, 2013

    High School Grad Rate (State measure)
    86.3%

    The ratio of regular diplomas earned in 4 years for current cohort divided by all members of the current cohort. Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, the graduation rate calculation is based on the US DOE 4-year adjusted cohort formula based on the year the student entered ninth grade.

    The standard number of years to graduate for all students is defined as 4 years plus any summer school terms including the summer school term after 12th grade. Only students entering ninth grade 4 years prior will be included in the cohort. Only students earning a regular diploma within 4 years will be included in the numerator.

    Source: TN Department of Education Report Card, 2013

    College-Going Rate
    59.0%

    The percentage of recent public high school graduates attending postsecondary institutions anywhere in the nation. It is calculated by dividing the number of Tennessee public high school graduates in a given year by the number of such graduates who attend postsecondary institutions somewhere in the nation in the immediate fall term following high school graduation, including the preceding summer semester.

    Source: TN Higher Education Commission, 2012

    Associate's Degree or Higher
    33.3%

    The percentage of the population between 25 and 64 who have completed an associate's degree or higher.

    Source: National Center for Higher Education Management, 2012

  • Fiscal Strength

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    Bond Rating - Fitch
    AAA

    A grade given to a state government by a credit rating agency that expresses its opinion about a government's ability to meet its financial obligations in full and on time. Each of the three credit rating agencies (Moody's, Standard & Poor's, and Fitch) give letter designations to indicate a state government's credit worthiness.

    Source: TN Department of Finance and Administration, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report , FY 2013

    Bond Rating - Moody's
    Aaa

    A grade given to a state government by a credit rating agency that expresses its opinion about a government's ability to meet its financial obligations in full and on time. Each of the three credit rating agencies (Moody's, Standard & Poor's, and Fitch) give letter designations to indicate a state government's credit worthiness.

    Source: TN Department of Finance and Administration, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report , FY 2013

    Bond Rating - S&P's
    AA+

    A grade given to a state government by a credit rating agency that expresses its opinion about a government's ability to meet its financial obligations in full and on time. Each of the three credit rating agencies (Moody's, Standard & Poor's, and Fitch) give letter designations to indicate a state government's credit worthiness.

    Source: TN Department of Finance and Administration, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report , FY 2013

    State Debt Per Capita
    $358

    A measurement of the value of a state government's debt expressed in terms of the amount attributable to each citizen under the government's jurisdiction.

    Source: TN Department of Finance and Administration, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, FY 2013

    Rainy Day Fund (as % of expenditures)
    10.1%

    The amount of money (as a percent of expenditures) that the government sets aside to deal with budget shortfalls in years where revenues do not match expenditures.

    Source: National Association of State Budget Officers, FY 2013

    Government Performance
    B-

    A grade by Pew Center on States that reflects the quality of management in the state as measured by four key areas--money, people, infrastructure, and information.

    Source: PEW Center on the States, 2008

    Taxes Per Capita
    $1,904

    The total amount of taxes per capita based on population data from the 2012 census. This data includes state taxes only.

    Source: Federation of Tax Administrators, 2013

  • Public Safety

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    Violent Crime Rate (per 100,000)
    643.6

    Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses which involve force or threat of force.

    Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2012

    Property Crime Rate (per 100,000)
    3,371.4

    Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims.

    Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2012

    Traffic Fatalities
    988

    The total number of traffic fatalities within a year.

    Source: TN Department of Safety & Homeland Security, CY 2013

    Recidivism
    48.19%

    As suggested by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, recidivism is measured by counting the criminal acts that result in re-arrest, reconviction, or a return to prison of an individual with or without a new sentence for a period of three years.

    Source: TN Department of Corrections, 2009

    Driver's License Wait Time (in minutes)
    21.85

    The average amount of time (in minutes) that a customer waits before being served by an attendant at a driver's service center in Tennessee.

    Source: TN Department of Safety & Homeland Security, May 2014

  • Health & Welfare

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    Overall Health Ranking
    42

    A ranking put out by America’s Health Rankings that accounts for both outcomes and determinants using 22 different measures. Each measure is assigned a weight that determines its percentage of the overall score.

    The 15 determinant measures account for 75 percent of the overall ranking and the 7 outcome measures account for 25 percent. The numerical value is the weighted sum of the number of standard deviations each core measure is from the national average.

    Source: America's Health Rankings, 2013

    Smoking
    24.9%

    The percent of the population over age 18 that smokes on a regular basis.

    Source: CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey, 2012

    Obesity
    31.1%

    The percent of adults categorized as obese. An adult is considered obese if their body mass index (BMI) is 30 or greater.

    Source: CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey, 2012

    Infant Mortality (per 1,000 live births)
    7.2

    The number of infant deaths per 1,000 births.

    Source: TN Department of Health, 2012

    Immunization Coverage
    73.1% (+/-6.8%)

    The National Immunization Survey (NIS) measures the percentage of children in Tennessee and nationally between 19 and 35 months of age who have been completely vaccinated against 11 serious diseases: by the year 2020, the national goal is for 80% of these children to be completely vaccinated.

    To count as completely vaccinated, a child must have had 4 doses of DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), 3 doses of polio vaccine, 1 dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), 3 doses of Hib vaccine, 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine, 1 dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and four doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV): they call it the “4:3:1:3:3:1:4” series.

    Source: CDC, National Immunization Survey, 2012

    Teen Birth Rate (per 1,000 women age 15-to-19)
    40.8%

    The number of births per 1,000 women age 15 to 19.

    Source: America's Health Rankings, 2013

    Home and Community-Based Care
    38%

    The percent of long-term care individuals (both elderly and adults with physical disabilities) in home and community-based care as opposed to nursing facilities.

    Source: TennCare, 2013

    Average Time to Adoption (in months)
    6.9

    The average number of months between termination of parental rights and adoption finalization.

    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FY 2012

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Governor Bill Haslam’s 2012 legislative package is designed to move Tennessee forward by supporting his goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs through economic development efforts, meaningful education reform, a more efficient and effective state government and improved public safety.

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