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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update

Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update – 16 August 2004


·        LIHEAP Data

·        Manufacturing Employment

·        Appropriation Updates


The Northeast-Midwest Institute has posted updated information about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on its website in anticipation of Senate appropriations discussions after Labor Day.  The House Appropriations Committee last month approved fiscal 2005 spending of $1.9 billion in regular block grants for LIHEAP and another $100 million in LIHEAP emergency funds.  LIHEAP, which provides federal funds to help pay for energy costs, is an important program for northeastern and midwestern states with winter heating needs.


One chart shows how energy inflation has eroded the purchasing power of LIHEAP appropriations.  A second chart shows that a fiscal 2004 appropriation of about $3 billion would have been needed in order to account for inflation in the energy sector and keep LIHEAP even with its 1982 funding level.  A data table lists authorization levels, funding requests from the White House, and allocations for the regular and emergency LIHEAP grants for fiscal 1982 through 2004.  Click here for links to all three new web postings.  




The Institute’s web site also includes new and updated postings on U.S. and state-level employment in manufacturing and all non-farm sectors.  Data for state-level seasonally-adjusted manufacturing employment shows that the declines in 11 of 17 Northeast-Midwest states were steeper than the national drop from March 1998, when manufacturing employment peaked, through January 2004, when it bottomed out.  The chart on U.S. manufacturing employment from January 1998 to May 2004 shows the decline nationwide since manufacturing employment peaked.  U.S. manufacturing employment has increased slightly since the trough in January 2004.  Additional updated tables show 2003 non-farm employment by sector for all states, 2003 share of overall state employment by sector, and percentage change in employment from 1993 to 2003.




Click here to review appropriation updates for key regional programs.  The web site also includes links to numbers on other initiatives, including the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and invasive species.