INdiana Systemic Thinking

January 24, 2008

Black Marriage Amendment?

Not really, but I betcha that got your attention.  Now before you start sending the blogmeister hate mail, read this story over at the Indy Star.  Which makes more sense, the nonsense about the real marriage amendment currently going on over at the statehouse, or doing something to help a portion of our population that really, really needs it.  From the story:

About eight in 10 black children in Indiana are born to unwed parents — a start to life that sets them up for problems during adolescence and beyond, according to an Indiana Black Expo report.
Indiana’s black youths fare significantly worse than Hoosier youths in general across 18 indicators of well-being, such as graduation rates and poverty levels, and do worse than black youths in the U.S, according to the report being released Friday.
The explosion of births to unwed parents is driving many of the state’s social problems, such as increases in poverty and child abuse and the growing cost of public aid, said Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.
He added that the problem is not exclusive to any one race.
Indiana’s out-of-wedlock birthrate is at an all-time high, with unwed mothers accounting for nearly 40 percent of all births, he said. Nationally, about 36 percent of all births are to unwed mothers.

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January 6, 2008

(Not) Back Home Again in Indiana

This is by far the least scientific method of determining if people are fleeing the state, but a measure none the less.

From the Evansville Courrier Press:

Last year, Atlas moved 1,980 residents out of Indiana and only 1,329 to it from other states, according to a report the Evansville company released today. That gave Indiana the third highest percentage of emigration in the country.

Barbara Cox, director of marketing communications with Atlas, said that about 75 percent of the moving company’s business comes from other companies. They have often hired Atlas to move employees who are taking a new job or have been transferred. The remainder are moves made for personal reasons. Residents may want to live in a temperate climate or closer to their family, she said.

Cox said Atlas, when conducting its survey, refrains from asking customers why they decided to move. She speculated that many are going elsewhere because they have found better jobs.

“It could be that the manufacturing market is not as strong as it used to be,” Cox said.

States in the Midwest saw the greatest emigration to other states. Ohio had the highest percentage of people leaving, and Michigan had the fifth highest. The report cites a lack of jobs int he Midwest as a reason behind the moves out.

Washington D.C. saw the highest percentage of people moving there. States in the West, such as Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Alaska, were also popular places to immigrate to.

So were states in the Southwest. Texas saw the greatest total number of immigrants. Colorado and New Mexico were also popular destinations, according to the report.

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