September 5, 2006

Manufacturing declines; affordable housing needed

There was lots of news about the county and region over the holiday weekend. Neighboring Cortland County lost 51.7% of its manufacturing jobs between 1990 and 2005. Tompkins only lost 9%, but we had a lot less to start with. Service jobs in Tompkins climbed 25.1%, while Cortland service jobs climbed 19.1%.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is making a comeback, with 29 cases in Tompkins County since June. If you encounter these symptoms, call a doctor:

Bishop noted that pertussis begins with mild cold symptoms including sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough. Within two weeks, the cough becomes more severe and is characterized by episodes of numerous rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched “whoop.? Coughing episodes may recur for one to two months and are more frequent at night.

Yesterday's paper reported on a problem with the county's "relatively stable economy that continues to draw people to the area": a housing shortage, especially in affordable housing. A study concluded that Tompkins County will need 2500 more affordable housing units to avoid high housing costs, above 30 percent of household gross incomes.

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