Mississippi's unemployment rate jumped 0.7% to 9.3% from December to January. That's not really all that surprising, considering the abject failure of Republicans to offer a jobs plan for Mississippi. Sure, they'll get on the stump and say they're all about jobs, jobs, jobs, but in reality they aren't. The only jobs they've been interested in creating have been for their wealthy contributors, as the governorship of Haley Barbour proved, and as Phil Bryant's time in office is proving.
Mississippi's consistently abominable unemployment numbers under GOP leadership shouldn't be surprising to anyone who's been paying attention. Here's a look at Mississippi's unemployment numbers from 2000 (which is when Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, a Democrat, took office) through today. If you look closely, you'll notice that in this century, there has been no time during which more Mississippians were working than during the Musgrove governorship.