Mississippi Still Trails Neighbors in Job Growth

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi created 11,000 jobs last year but a report from the Mississippi Center for Public Policy shows the state trails neighboring states in overall job growth. Last year the state lost 1900 jobs related to trade, transportation and utilities but created 5300 new jobs in private sector professional and business services, followed by 3600 leisure and hospitality jobs, 2000 manufacturing and 1400 government jobs for 1% job growth rate Mississippi’s unemployment rate has been at a record low, at or below 4.8% for the past 15 months but higher than the national average of 3.9%.


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