This week's data story is inspired by an activist from Daytona Beach, Florida. Mattea Kramer, NPP's newest research analyst, met Shannon McLeish in DC at the Take Back the Dream conference and wrote about her work.
Mattea also crunched some Volusia County, FL numbers to come up with the following:
This data story honors Shannon McLeish, who is highlighting rising unemployment, homelessness, and increasingly scarce social services available in Volusia County, FL. That county has a 12% unemployment rate—a third higher than the national average of 9.1%. The database also shows that the average Volusia resident receives $18.30 in monthly food stamp assistance and monthly welfare outlays average $17.30 per resident living below the poverty line.
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