For perspective, Mississippi's unemployment rate in October 2000 was 5.4 percent and the rate in October 2008 was 7.3 percent. February 2009 was the last time our state's unemployment rate was below 8.5 percent.
This is the most alarming statistic in the article:
The labor force declined by more than 7,000 people between September and October. Mississippi's labor force has fallen every month in 2013.Phil Bryant is walking on quicksand. Bryant talks a big game about all the jobs he's supposedly created, but the numbers do not lie. The Republican leadership of our state continues to give away the store to their well-off friends, at taxpayers' expense, while the average Mississippi family struggles with stagnant wages and shrinking educational and economic opportunities.