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Daniel Weintraub

California Insider

A Weblog by
Sacramento Bee Columnist Daniel Weintraub

December 20, 2006

Health insurance coverage

Here is the latest graphic illustrating the numbers in my California Quality of Life column, which will appear on New Year's Eve.

This one is on health insurance.

The number of Californians with health insurance declined in 2005, according to the Census Bureau. The number of people with some type of insurance from either a private source or the government shrunk from 29.1 million to 29 million. The percentage of people with coverage declined from 81.3 percent to 80.6 percent.

The recent peak in the percentage covered by insurance was 81.8, in 2002. Though the percentage has declined in recent years, it is still higher than it was 10 years ago. In 1995, 79.4 percent of Californians had health insurance coverage.


Posted by dweintraub at 11:56 AM


Here is the latest graphic illustrating the numbers in my annual California Quality of Life Index, which will appear in my column on New Year's Eve. This one is on jobs.

Total civilian employment grew by 1.1 percent from October 2005 to October 2006, from 16.9 million to just over 17 million, according to the Employment Development Department. The unemployment rate declined from 5.2 percent to 4.5 percent.

Over the past decade, California employers have added a net of about 2.6 million jobs.


Posted by dweintraub at 10:45 AM

December 19, 2006

Per capita personal income

I've been working on my annual column featuring my California Quality of Life Index, a set of statistical measures of wellbeing in the state. The column is scheduled to appear In The Bee's Forum section on New Years Eve. As a companion to that, I'll be posting on my blog some charts and graphs that illustrate the numbers I will include in the column.

Here is the first, on the personal income. Real per capita personal income in California grew from about $26,400 in 1995 to $33,100 in 2005, an increase of 25 percent. Most of that growth came in the late 1990s at the end of the dot-com boom. But after declines in 2001, 2002 and 2003 -- the only three-year period of shrinking incomes in the past 50 years -- income has risen again in 2004 and 2005.


Posted by dweintraub at 6:01 PM



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