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New Orleans: Before And After The Storm

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Everything from the citizen’s lifestyle to the economy changed after one of the most costly and dangerous hurricanes slammed into New Orleans, LA, on August 29, 2005. This hurricane is famously known as Hurricane Katrina, which slammed seven states on the gulf coast with violent winds and raging waters, New Orleans took the biggest hit. Over 80% of the city was flooded and there seemed to be no hope for a rescue or even a recovery. Amazingly, nine years later, New Orleans has almost fully recovered and is actually better now than ever before in some aspects.
Prior to Katrina slamming the city, the economy of New Orleans mainly relied on its usefulness of being a port city. The economy and population peaked in the late 19th century, but slowly started declining with the rapid industrialization and development of transporting goods. That led the city to rely mainly on three revenues: health care, entertainment, and public services. By 2000, 1 out of 5 people that worked in New Orleans was employed by public services, 1 out of 6 employed by entertainment, and 1 out of 10 in health care. Then Katrina struck and it sent the city into a downward economic spiral at first, it actually helped strength the economy in the years after. New Orleans did not rebound at first, the labor force diminished; in July 2005, 9,592 people signed up for unemployment services; and between July 2005 and July 2007 over 70,000 jobs were lost. Things are looking up for the city; in 2013, it was reported that unemployment is 5.9 percent with the nation’s unemployment being 7.8 percent. The economy is not at the same level as before Katrina, at 88 percent recovered, but it is now more diverse and growing. Entrepreneurs, young people, and optimism have really helped rebuild the economy.
The citizens have been scarred from seeing their city being destroyed, some scarred to the point of not returning. Pre-Katrina the population of New Orleans was an estimated 484,000. Crime rates were rising by the day; half of the...

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