Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Thanks, Haley: Mississippi's economy falters again

Just in case anyone was wondering, Mississippi's economy is still the worst in the country.  According to an AP article, newly-released federal statistics show Mississippi's economy shrunk 0.8% in 2011, at a time when only six states saw their economy contract.  In fact, Mississippi's economy performed worse in 2011 than all others except for Wyoming.

But don't worry.  Mississippi can still claim the bottom rung with the lowest per capita economic output at $28,293 per person.  (The national average is $42,070.)

In keeping with the theme, here's a look at Mississippi's unemployment rate over the last 20 years:

If you click through, you can see that the administration of Haley Barbour brought us consistently the worst job numbers we've had in 20 years.  "Oh, but the national economy was terrible," you say.  Well, check out this comparison of Alabama's and Mississippi's numbers over the past 20 years:

Notice the big drop at the end for Alabama?  We don't have that.  Or how about Mississippi's and Louisiana's numbers:

Now, again, where were those jobs the Republicans promised us Mississippians?

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