To determine how well each state is managed, 24/7 Wall St. says it looked at key financial ratios and social and economic outcomes through information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, The Pew Research Center, The National Association of State Budget Officers, the FBI, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and more.
According to 24/7 Wall St.'s research, Mississippi has the ninth highest unemployment rate at 5.9 percent, the lowest median household income at $39,680 and the highest poverty rate at 21.5 percent.
It also says the population shrank from 2010 to 2014 as the state's workforce shrank by 5.4 percent.This is not particularly shocking to anyone who has followed Mississippi's economic trajectory over the past few years. Nor will it be shocking when the legislature reconvenes next year and continues to push through policies that exacerbate all of these issues. In these inconsistent times, we can always count on our Republican leaders to keep the ship's wheel steady, no matter how close that iceberg gets.