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Apr. 12, 2013 @ 06:12 PM

Durham County first-quarter foreclosure filings down

DURHAM – Foreclosure filings in Durham County were down 4 percent in the first quarter compared with the same quarter last year.

There were 315 civil cases that received a business or home foreclosure filing in the first three months of the year, according to N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts data.

Foreclosure filings annually have been on the decline in the county, according to that same data source, since a peak in 2009 of 1,792 filings.

The total fell to 1,770 in 2010 to 1,494 in 2011, and to 1,457 last year.

Report cites decline in employer-sponsored insurance

DURHAM -- North Carolina had one of the five top percentage-point declines in employment-sponsored insurance between 2000 and 2011, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report.

The report found that nationally, the percentage of private-sector employers that offered health insurance coverage fell more than six percentage points from 58.9 percent in 2000 to 52.4 percent in 2011, according to a news release.

In North Carolina, the percentage of employer-sponsored insurance fell 13.3 points from 69 percent in 2000 to 56 percent in 2011.

For the largest decline, the state trailed Michigan, which saw a 15.2 percentage-point decline, as well as South Carolina, which had a 14.9 percentage-point drop. It also was behind Indiana, which saw a 14.8 point decline, and Ohio, which had a 13.7-point decline.

The report was prepared by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center. It used state-level data from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey for the coverage portion of the analysis and from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance component for employer and cost components. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a public health-focused philanthropic organization.