Today in Mississippi, there are fewer jobs than there were in November of 1998*, even though there are approximately 250,000 more Mississippians (1998 population vs. 2013 population). Let that sink in for a minute. And not only are the number of jobs stagnant, average pay is declining. In the last 5 years, the median income in Mississippi dropped $3,000.
Now there is word this afternoon that Lane Furniture will be closing its Saltillo, MS plant, costing us another 480 jobs. Good luck with that, Gov. Bryant.
*Make sure you change the data range at the top of the BLS page.