Job growth: good news and bad news for the South

By R. Neal
October 6, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal A new FDIC Regional Profile (PDF format) report for the second quarter of 2005 provides a snapshot of U.S. economic conditions by region. The effects of Katrina are not reflected in the report, and the FDIC says:

Sound the Alarm on Gulf Reconstruction

October 5, 2005 - Yesterday, Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans sent out a letter announcing that the city was laying off 3,000 city employees -- half the city's workforce -- "as a result of financial constraints in the wake of Hurricane Katrina."

NOLA's Trumped-Up "Law and Order" Crisis

October 3, 2005 - Every week brings fresh evidence that the sensationalist news reports out of post-Katrina New Orleans, which described the city's supposed descent into a cauldron of gang-style lawlessness, were almost entirely fabricated. Here's an excellent dispatch from Knight Ridder: