Food Stamp Use, by State

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February 2011

This interactive chart gives food stamp statistics for almost all of the 50 states. With 20.6% of its population on food stamps, Mississippi ranks the highest in the nation.

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"From 2001 to 2005, the federal government spent nearly $1.2 billion in agricultural subsidies to boost farmers' incomes and invigorate local economies in this poverty-stricken region of the Mississippi Delta.

Most residents are black, but less than 5 percent of the money went to black farmers. They own relatively little land, and so they generally do not qualify for the payments....

"New Hampshire is the state with the highest median income in the nation, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.

The median household income in New Hampshire averaged a cool $65,028 annually over the past two years.

In Mississippi, the average household earned a median of just $35,693 per year in 2008 and 2009, 45% less than New Hampshire households and the lowest income...

"As one thin-film solar company falls (Solyndra), another one is scaling up. Silicon Valley startup, Stion, on Friday officially opened the doors of its factory in Mississippi, marking a milestone for the company as it seeks to expand production quickly in an increasingly competitive market."

This piece argues that Mississippi is missing out on a viable education option by not implementing more charter schools. Due to resistance from authorities, Mississippi has ignored the research showing the effectiveness of charter schools, and has instead continued to produce increasingly...

"Given the recent swell of speculation that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will make a bid to become the Republican candidate for president in next year’s election, Barbour was offered the opportunity on Friday to use his appearance at The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics Conference in Santa Barbara, Calif. to declare his candidacy.

No, Barbour replied, in a rare instance of appearing...

"At a press conference April 14, Gov. Haley Barbour spoke again about state energy projects and touted the proposed Kemper County clean coal project that will be approved or disapproved by the state Public Service Commission this week.

Barbour has said repeatedly that as long as he is governor, his energy policy is 'more energy.'

Barbour hailed Kemper as a 'home run for...

"Gov. Haley Barbour pointed at the difference between Mississippi's stimulus and Obama's stimulus at The Wall Street Journal's ECO:nomics Conference in Santa Barbara, California, according to a post by the WSJ's Marketwatch.

Barbour said there has been 'a lack of support from the White House for nuclear power, and a wrongheaded bias toward renewable energy production.'"

"At a press conference April 14, Gov. Haley Barbour spoke again about state energy projects and touted the proposed Kemper County clean coal project that will be approved or disapproved by the state Public Service Commission this week.

Barbour has said repeatedly that as long as he is governor, his energy policy is 'more energy.'

Barbour hailed Kemper as a “home run for...

"For better or worse, the economic future for the next 40 years in southeastern Mississippi will be greatly impacted by the decision of Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz.

Bentz is one of three members of the state Public Service Commission, which voted April 29 to conditionally approve Mississippi Power Company's (MPC's) $2.4-billion Kemper County clean coal plant. The company (...

"'ENVIRONMENTALISTS are fiddling while Rome burns,' says Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture-capital firm. 'They get in the way with silly stuff like asking people to walk more, drive less. That is an increment of 1-2% change. We need 1,000% change if billions of people in China and India are to enjoy a Western, energy-rich lifestyle.' Forget today’s green...

"A recent report released by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) illustrates Mississippians struggle to obtain financial security post-recession. The 2012 Assets and Opportunity Scorecard assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on different outcome and policy measures related to financial security."

"KiOR is listed along with Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Sears Holdings and Rite Aid as companies that 'are expected to lose gobs of money in 2012.'

KiOR plans to convert wood chips into crude oil and is building its first plant, with a projected $110 million price tag, in Columbus. The Mississippi Legislature awarded KiOR a $75 million loan in August 2010 in exchange for the promise to...

"In 1929 the mayor of Columbia, Mississippi, Hugh Lawson White, gazed out his office window and contemplated the town's future. Located in the Piney Woods region, Columbia had depended on the cutting and milling of longleaf yellow pine as the principal source of employment for its 4,000 residents. By the middle of the 1920s with the vast stands of pine 'timbered out,' the largest companies...

"Research shows that struggling schools and low education levels hurt individuals as well as the state as a whole, bringing economic and social challenges. Fortunately, people outside the educational community are starting to talk about how Mississippi can make its schools—and work force—better."

"The Mississippi Supreme Court dealt a blow to one of the nation's suspected 'crony capitalism' beneficiaries on March 15 when it unanimously reversed a decision permitting the Mississippi Power Company to build a $2.4 billion power plant. Lobbyist and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was a vocal supporter of the project, and Mississippi Power as a subsidiary of Southern Company was a...

"To put Mississippi on a path to prosperity, the state must embrace proven free-market principles, and resist the urge to encroach upon the free market with government intervention.

It is not the role of government to create jobs. It is the task of government to protect economic liberty, and in so doing, create an atmosphere conducive to private sector job growth.

In a free...

"Evergreen Solar Inc. said it has failed to find a buyer for its Devens, Mass., plant and plans to walk away from the facility, which was launched with some $50 million in state aid.

The company asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to abandon the property before a $543,000 property tax bill comes due."

This piece examines the taxes each state pays to Washington, as well as the federal money each state receives in return. From 1981 to 2005, Mississippi ranked near the top in terms of "federal spending received per dollar of tax paid."

"Food stamp usage is on the rise, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which released a report highlighting the issue and showing the highest food-stamp rates occurring in the Southern states, Michigan, Maine and Oregon.

Some 13.6 million households nationwide used food stamps last year, up from 11.7 million in 2009.

In Mississippi, the number also rose - by nearly 13,000...

"State leaders agree that affordable and reliable energy is essential for Mississippi's future economic growth. Gov. Haley Barbour has said his energy policy is 'more of it' and has aggressively promoted hefty incentive packages to a number of green energy projects, which have received enthusiastic support from the state Legislature."

"Governor Haley Barbour and officials from Stion, a venture-backed manufacturer of high-efficiency, low-cost thin film solar panels, announced today the company is locating a 100-megawatt solar panel production facility in Hattiesburg, Miss. The operations will be located in the Sunbeam building. The production line is the first phase of a company investment of $500 million that will create 1,...

"Governor Haley Barbour and Dr. Rao Mulpuri, chief executive officer of Soladigm, a supplier of next-generation green building solutions, announced today that the company is locating manufacturing operations in Olive Branch. The project represents a capital investment of more than $130 million by the company and will create more than 300 new jobs."

"Governor Haley Barbour announced today that Twin Creeks Technologies, a venture-backed solar technology company, is locating a solar panel manufacturing facility in Senatobia, Miss. The production facility will create 512 jobs, in two phases, over the next five years and represents a company investment of more than $175 million."

"The MyCar is a Smart-sized, two-seat electric vehicle with an international pedigree to match its manufacturer’s outsize ambitions. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, one of the auto industry’s most famous stylists, the MyCar was originally intended for a manufacturer based in Hong Kong. But the diminutive E.V. is now scheduled to be produced by GreenTech Automotive, based in Mississippi, and...

"Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour generally opposes government involvement in the economy, but like other potential Republican presidential candidates, he’s willing to make an exception when it comes to farm subsidies."

"Writing at The Daily Caller, Chris Moody reports that Mississippi governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour thinks farm subsidies should trump the free market...."

"On June 26, a 1,427-page climate change bill introduced by Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) passed the House by a narrow margin. The bill, also known as Waxman-Markey, includes a number of alarming provisions, chief among them a cap-and-trade program that would attempt to curb global warming by imposing strict upper limits on the emission of six greenhouse gases,...

"Mississippi Power Co. is asking the Public Service Commission to allow it to exceed the $2.88 billion cost cap on its Kemper County coal plant, under certain conditions."

"Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, says Mississippi's green energy start-ups have a 90 percent chance of failing.

That means Stion, Soladigm and KiOR, all of which are backed by Khosla Ventures, and all of which have been allocated tens of millions of dollars by the Mississippi Legislature, are very likely to fail."

"Biofuel company Kior said on Monday it has secured a $75 million loan to build five plants in Mississippi that will convert wood chips into a petroleum replacement.

The Pasadena, Texas-based company expects to build three of five planned facilities over the next five years. The package from the state also includes state assistance on infrastructure and worker training."

"It's that time again − the umpteenth attempt to cap medical malpractice awards since the Republicans took over Congress. Vice President Dick Cheney, speaking at the Medical College of Ohio, has reaffirmed the main plank of the GOP's health care agenda: a $250,000 limit on damages to control 'runaway litigation.' Never mind that conservatives are supposed to be champions of states' rights and...

"Problems with a combustion turbine have led electricity producer LSP Energy LP to seek bankruptcy protection and a sale of its assets.

The Batesville, Miss., electric generation facility operator filed for Chapter 11 on Friday, Feb. 10, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington with three affiliates and a $20 million debtor-in-possession loan. The debtors...

"Industrial employment in Mississippi increased by about a half percent over the past twelve months according to the 2012 Mississippi Manufacturers Register®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Mississippi gained 694 industrial jobs between February 2011 and February 2012."

"One in five Mississippians uses food stamps, or the SNAP program, to put food on the table. The state leads the nation in its use of food assistance programs. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how this is a lifeline for thousands living in poverty in the state."

"Calisolar, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based manufacturer of silicon for solar cells, has decided to build its next factory in a faraway locale known for generous government subsidies, low taxes and relatively inexpensive labor rates: Mississippi."

"ACT scores for the class of 2011 show Mississippi high school students lagging behind the rest of the country in preparing for college.

ACT released the latest round of standardized test scores Wednesday that show Mississippi students had an average composite score of 18.7 out of a possible 36. The national average composite score was 21.1."

"Between the Mississippi river delta and the gulf coast, the state of Mississippi hosts some very unique places, not to mention being the birthplace of the Delta blues and a center of the civil rights movement. Even with all of its history and natural beauty, Mississippi has been slow to get on the solar energy train. Here’s what the legislature has done so far."

"Mississippi re-entered a recession earlier this year, state economist Darrin Webb told legislative leaders Monday.

'I think Mississippi slipped into recession in the second quarter, and while conditions may have improved somewhat in the third, I think we remain in recession,' Webb said during the opening day of week-long Legislative Budget Committee hearings."

"The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday reversed an approval for a Southern Co $2.8 billion coal gasification project in Mississippi.

In a 9-0 vote, the state supreme court said the Mississippi Public Service Commission's May 2010 approval failed to satisfy state law that the plant would benefit the utility's customers, and sent the case back to the PSC."

"For nearly two decades the Tax Foundation has published an estimate of the combined state-local tax burden shouldered by the residents of each of the 50 states. For each state, we calcu­late the total amount paid by the residents in taxes, then divide those taxes by the state's total income to compute a 'tax burden.' We make this calculation not only for the most recent year but also for...

"Thin-film solar startup Stion announced the grand opening of its first large-scale factory in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Where? Mississippi?

Stion is joined by a handful of green manufacturers locating to the state because of its low taxes, low labor rates and generous government subsidies."

"Here are some basic facts on Mississippi's tax system and how it compares to other states...."

"An alarming data point from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee: More Americans are being added to food stamps than are finding jobs."

"Mississippi, like most of America, responded with unbridled patriotism when the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 thrust the nation into World War II. Thousands of Mississippians entered the armed forces. In every community, citizens on the home front contributed to the war effort. They raised money in war bond campaigns. They collected scrape metal, rubber, and other materials to turn in for...

"The overall Mississippi economy in 2011 shows gradual recovery. Private-sector employment has been rising and tax collections are ahead of last year’s levels. The housing market remains depressed but it appears that housing prices have bottomed out and the downward trend in housing indicators is ending."

"Gov. Haley Barbour today announced Mississippi lawmakers will consider incentive packages for two high-tech economic development projects that would create almost 1,800 new jobs in Mississippi."

"PERS released its 2011 annual report in February. The report shows while assets increased to $23.8 billion, the funding level dropped to 62.4% and the deficit of retiree payments to employee contributions increased to $470 million. The system has 161,676 active members and 83,115 retirees and beneficiaries (p.35)."

"Utility regulators voted 2-1 Friday to let Mississippi Power Co. continue building its Kemper County coal-fired power plant -- for now.

In a Friday meeting that lasted less than a minute, the state Public Service Commission granted temporary construction authority to the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co, promising to follow up with a permanent decision by May 2.

Southern...

"Retail sales taxes are often the most transparent way to collect tax revenue. Indeed, while many citizens do not know the standard 10, 15, 25, 28, 33 and 35 percent federal personal income tax rates, they tend to have at least some idea of the sales tax in their state, or could reach into their pocket to pull out a receipt with the rate printed on it.

However, almost three-quarters of...

"The port city of Pascagoula on Mississippi's Gulf Coast wants to build a beach promenade, with new benches, lush landscaping and a lighted pathway for joggers, cyclists and dog walkers.

So the municipality of 24,000 hired a pair of Washington lobbyists. The city shelled out $40,000 a year, according to public records, to retain Jeffrey Brooks and Wayne Weidie. They are former top...

"Since the Supreme Court's notorious 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which allowed that municipality to seize private property on behalf of the Pfizer Corporation, 43 states have passed laws protecting property rights against Kelo-style eminent domain abuse. Mississippi is not one of those states."

"Poverty is a major problem confronting the South, and particularly Mississippi, where about 1 out of every 5 persons lives in poverty.... The percentage in poverty is even higher, if a self-sufficiency standard is used to set the income level below which a household is considered to live in poverty. ... (For a household of two adults under the age of 65, the 2007 poverty threshold was $13,884...

"The nation’s 16 million state and local government workers form a large, growing, and well-compensated class in society. State and local workers earned $36 per hour in wages and benefits in 2005, on average, compared to $24 per hour for U.S. private-sector workers. ... Another distinction is that 42 percent of state and local workers are represented by unions, compared to just 9 percent in...

"In recently released rankings of how states' primary education systems are preparing students for careers in engineering, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Jersey top the list. Mississippi trails as the worst in the country, following West Virginia and Louisiana.

The Science and Engineering Readiness Index (SERI) measures how high school students are performing in physics and calculus...

"The Mississippi Supreme Court dealt a blow to one of the nation's suspected 'crony capitalism' beneficiaries on March 15 when it unanimously reversed a decision permitting the Mississippi Power Company to build a $2.4 billion power plant."

This collection of charts compares Mississippi - the poorest state in the nation - to New Hampshire. Some of the comparison measures include corporate income tax, property tax, educational attainment, and demographics.

"The number of 'green jobs' in Mississippi will grow by 18.5 percent over the next 10 years and add 9,000 new jobs to the state, if a recent survey is correct. Mississippi's overall employment is expected to grow 12 percent during that time.

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security released the survey findings at a conference on 'greening Mississippi's economy' this morning....

"President Obama’s tax plan would allow portions of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to expire, resulting in steep tax hikes beginning in January 2011 for small businesses and those earning $250,000 or more. The tax hikes would significantly affect the economy in Mississippi, most notably in the number of jobs and change in personal income."

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"Growth in the food stamp program continued in the U.S. — with 27 states providing benefits to at least 1 in 7 people."

"U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee said North Mississippi is 'perfectly poised for economic growth' while speaking at the annual Calhoun Economic Development Association (CEDA) banquet in Calhoun City last week.

'We have things that are attractive to individuals and to companies and it's okay to tell them that,' Nunnelee said."

"For the first time in three years, the unemployment rate in Northeast Mississippi fell below 10 percent.

According to preliminary estimates from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the jobless rate for the region’s 16 counties was 9.8 percent in February. The only other time in the past three years Northeast Mississippi did not have double-digit unemployment was March...

"Regardless of the definition of poverty or opinions on solutions for change, one thing is certain: Getting on government assistance is a lot easier than getting off. Many single mothers who become dependent on welfare programs find the road to self-sufficiency difficult.

Tanya Shavers, a 34-year-old mother of four who recently moved out of the Section 8 Payton Garden housing complex in...

"Although Mississippians will be manufacturing solar panels at Stion in Hattiesburg, they will find it difficult to use the company's products at home unless the state Public Service Commission adopts a uniform net-metering policy.

Stion touts its residential products on its website: 'Stion’s panels can help you save money on your electricity bill, gain energy independence and increase...

"As one of seven states with the right-to¬work law in the constitution, Mississippi has had a history of a good working relationship between management and labor. Lost work time due to strikes in the state is lower than the average for the Southeast, and less than half of that of the United States. The work ethic is strong in Mississippi, which is evident in the commitment the state's workers...

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"The median wage in Mississippi, at $31,107 for year-round, fulltime workers in 2006, was 81% of the national median. However, this gap was considerably greater for African-Americans. As Table 1 shows, among the state’s major demographic groups, black women receive the lowest wages (American Community Survey 2006). They earned only 69% of what African-American women earned nationally, and only...

"President Obama’s tax plan would allow portions of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to expire, resulting in steep tax hikes beginning in January 2011 for small businesses and those earning $250,000 or more.

The tax hikes would significantly affect the economy in Mississippi, most notably in the number of jobs and change in personal income.

Among the results, from 2011 to 2020, the...

"While job losses have been experienced by Mississippians across all sectors during the decade, figure 11 takes a closer look at Mississippi’s industries during the 2000s. The manufacturing, trade and government sectors combine to provide over half of the state’s jobs. ... Among all industries, manufacturing employment for both durable and nondurable goods has suffered the largest decline....

"Taking the full twelve months together, Mississippi saw an average gain of 6,525 jobs or 0.6 percent in 2011. However as the map to the right indicates, not all counties in Mississippi gained jobs for the year. In fact 46 counties saw a decrease. The strongest gains were of course in the population centers of the state."

"Here is the real problem- the deficit of payments to contributions keeps increasing."

This chart compares Mississippi's economic forecast for 2011-2015 with that of the nation at large. Throughout this time frame, the nation's GDP stays above Mississippi's GSP. Mississippi's unemployment rate also remains decidedly higher than the U.S. average.

"Focusing the lens of educational attainment on the state’s working-age population reveals that gaps continue to exist between the educational attainment of white and African-American adults in Mississippi (see table 2). Almost twenty-three percent of white adults attained a bachelor’s or professional degree, compared to 12.0% of African-American adults. On the other end of the educational...

This interactive chart gives food stamp statistics for almost all of the 50 states. With 20.6% of its population on food stamps, Mississippi ranks the highest in the nation.

"This chart shows the funding level of PERS continues to fall."

This pie chart breaks down the different categories from which the state of Mississippi gets its revenue. The Sales category ranks highest at 40% of state revenue, while Income tax ranks second at 31%.

This chart shows Mississippi's GDP fluctuations from 1991 to 2010. At approximately 6%, Mississippi's GDP growth was highest in 1994. In 2009, however, Mississippi GDP registered at -2.5%. This chart also contains GDP projections for 2011 through 2014.

"As the chart shows, between April-June 2012 (the most recent three month block for which government data is available), only 200,000 jobs have been created while 265,000 individuals have been added to the food stamp rolls. Additionally, in that time period, 246,000 workers were awarded disability."

"Many members of the state’s workforce have not seen an improvement in their wages during the last ten years, as companies were hit hard by two economic downturns, and state and local budgets tightened. The real value of median hourly wages in Mississippi grew slightly [from] 2000 to 2010, rising from $13.13 to $13.45 during that period (see figure 12).

In 1990, median wages in the...

"Figure 14 shows trends in median household income during the past decade for the U.S. and Mid South states."

This chart gives the numbers for key aspects of Mississippi's economy including employment, gross state product, poverty level, and welfare statistics.

"The rate of employment growth averages a strong 1.3% from 2012 to 2017. But, after a drop of 5.5% in employment from 2007 to 2010, progress in job creation will seem slow: it will not be until 2016 that Mississippi reaches the level of payroll employment previously attained in 2000 and 2007.

The growth rate of U.S. employment, at 1.7%, will be higher than that for the state over the...

This chart compares Mississippi statistics with the U.S. average on health insurance, poverty level, and unemployment. As of 2012, Mississippi's poverty level was eight percentage points higher than the national average, while Mississippi unemployment registered at 9.5 in comparison to the U.S. rate of 8.3.

This chart examines the taxes Mississippians paid to Washington, as well as the federal money the state received in return. From 1981 to 2005, Mississippi ranked near the top in terms of "federal spending received per dollar of tax paid."

According to this chart, Mississippi's gross domestic product grew from $75.99 billion in 2000 to $87.075 in 2010.

Chart of Mississippi's Gross Domestic Product - 2010.

"The state's recovery is closely linked to that of the nation, and the growth rate of the state economy will rise in sync with the rest of the country for the most part. The growth rate of gross state product (GSP) was an estimated 0.9% in 2011, compared to a growth rate of 1.8% nationally. In 2012, the growth rate of gross state product is forecast to be 1.7%, versus 2.0% for the U.S....

"President Obama’s tax plan would allow portions of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to expire, resulting in steep tax hikes beginning in January 2011 for small businesses and those earning $250,000 or more.

The tax hikes would significantly affect the economy in Mississippi, most notably in the number of jobs and change in personal income.

Among the results, from 2011 to 2020, the...

This chart compares the various Mississippi industry sectors - such as government, trade, and manufacturing - to those in the rest of the United States. Mississippi's largest sector is government, which outpaces the national average by 6%.

These graphics show how Mississippi rates as a state. Mississippi ranks last in income and nearly last in educational degree attainment. However, Mississippi does rank near the top in terms of federal government spending.

This chart provides state and local tax data for Mississippi between 1977 and 2009 and compares it to the U.S. average.

"President Obama’s tax plan would allow portions of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to expire, resulting in steep tax hikes beginning in January 2011 for small businesses and those earning $250,000 or more.

The tax hikes would significantly affect the economy in Mississippi, most notably in the number of jobs and change in personal income.

Among the results, from 2011 to 2020, the...

As the title suggests, this chart describes Mississippi's unemployment numbers by county. With 20.1, Clay County had the highest unemployment rate in July 2011, while Rankin County had the lowest at 6.6.

This chart describes the level of welfare spending in Mississippi. Spending was over $1 billion in 2009 and projected to rise dramatically in 2010.

This chart displays the composition of Mississippi's workforce. The service sector is the largest, while government and trade take second and third place. The manufacturing and agriculture industries have 13% and 4% of the workforce.

Breakdown of Mississippi's electricity generation by type.

This chart compares poverty levels in Mississippi to those in the rest of the United States.

"Persons in poverty are defined here as those living in 'health insurance units' with incomes less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) as measured by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) poverty guidelines. Health insurance units are related individuals who would be...

"In Table 1, primary green jobs are reported by activity category. Four of the categories accounted for nearly 80 percent of primary green jobs in Mississippi. Of these activity categories, the greatest number was in the Recycling and Waste Reduction category which encompassed 26.3 percent of Mississippi’s primary green jobs. The next three categories in descending order are Energy Efficiency...

"Regional results are reported by Work Force Investment Area (WFIA). Figure 2 delineates the WFIA regions and shows which counties fall within each region. A summary of overall and primary green employment data by region is also included."

"The [MPERS] assets have only increased $5 billion since 2000. Two recessions hit hard as the assets fell $3 billion in the first one and nearly $7 billion in the second recession."

"Inflation adjusted Mississippi income tax withholdings ... fell a substantial 3.0 percent in December over November. This was the lowest level since October 2009. The series has been volatile but as we have pointed out in recent issues, withholdings have yet to establish any real upward momentum since the beginning of the recovery."

"Mississippi’s initial unemployment claims fell a sharp 11.6 percent in December relative to November. The series had increased the previous two months."

Showing the number of jobs lost in Mississippi between February 2008 and November 2011, this chart demonstrates that February of 2010 registered the highest unemployment numbers with a loss of 76,000 jobs. Job loss had decreased somewhat by November 2011 when only 55,400 jobs were lost.

According to economic forecasts, Mississippi will not regain its year 2000 employment levels until the year 2016. The U.S. as a whole, however, has surpassed its own 2000 levels and is increasingly widening the employment level gap between itself and Mississippi.

This chart shows the change in residential building permits in Mississippi from January 2000 to July 2011. "7,615 Permits were issued in the 1st seven months of 2005. During the same period of 2011, only 2,580 were issued. This is a 66% decrease."

Taken from a survey of North Mississippi underemployed workers, this chart describes the desired wages that these workers would be willing to accept.

This chart lists 21 different manufacturing industries in the North Mississippi region. Additionally, this chart gives specifics on the number of jobs and the corresponding wage level in each industry.

This chart describes the age range of North Mississippi's underemployed workers. The largest underemployed category is the 35-44 year old range, followed closely by the 25-34 year old category.

This chart describes the education levels of North Mississippi's underemployed workforce. Nearly 40% of the underemployed had only attained a high school degree or less.

"However, while the assets increased, so has the number of retirees as shown in this chart."

In 2011, the state of Mississippi had the highest percentage of food stamp recipients in the country. This chart gives the numbers of food stamp recipients in Mississippi's four congressional districts. With 23.8 percent of its households receiving food stamps, the 2nd congressional district ranks the highest.

"California, despite a recent 1 percent reduction in its sales tax rate, still has the highest state-level rate at 7.25 percent."

"Table 2 shows the number of government workers in each state as a share of employment in the state."

"In the typical U.S. state, less than half of teenagers have grown up in intact married families. But in eleven states, a majority of teenagers have been raised by both parents. Minnesota leads the Midwest and the nation with an Index of Family Belonging of 57 percent."

"Among all industries, Manufacturing had the greatest number of primary green jobs with 3,813."

"Nationally, the net worth of the median black household was only about $10,700 or 10% of the median for whites."

"Poverty is a major problem confronting the South, and particularly Mississippi, where about 1 out of every 5 persons lives in poverty (see Table 1). The percentage in poverty is even higher, if a self-sufficiency standard is used to set the income level below which a household is considered to live in poverty."

"As the chart shows, since January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, the net change jobs has been negative (-1.3 million), while 5.7 million workers and dependents have been awarded disability and a whopping 15.1 million have been added to the food stamp rolls."

Analysis Report White Paper

"The 2011 State Teacher Policy Yearbook includes NCTQ's biennial, full review of the state laws, rules and regulations that govern the teaching profession. This year's report measures state progress against a set of 36 policy goals focused on helping states put in place a comprehensive framework in support of preparing, retaining and rewarding effective teachers. For the first time, the...

"This report compares various tax rates and provisions by category in Mississippi to those in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee." - Mississippi Public Universities

Welcome to Blueprint Mississippi – a massive, privately funded effort aimed at both looking at Mississippi as it is, and as it can be, and providing a process for engaging business and community leaders across the state in a sustained effort to continuously improve our competitive position to put our state in the place of greatest opportunity.

"Amid growing concerns among Americans about job stability, health care and education, there is a new demand for government to work better and cost less. Innovative solutions, particularly at the state level, are driving reform and progress.

Mississippi weathered the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita surprisingly well, and revenues have been robust. But improved planning in most...

This presentation specifically looks at the impacts the Recession has had on Mississippi's families and children.

"The Mississippi Index of Leading Indicators continued to climb upward in December. The index has increased for four consecutive months. By reaching the highest level since February 2011, the series has erased almost all of the decline that occurred during the spring and summer months. There is still weakness among the components relative to their level six-months prior which tempers the sense...

"The Economic Briefing is an annual publication presenting an overview of Mississippi's fiscal status for the current and following fiscal years. Revenues, expenditures and ending balances are addressed. Historical summary statistics are also provided." - Mississippi Public Universities

This survey contains a number of extensive charts on the various types of manufacturing jobs in North Mississippi along with their respective wage levels.

"Mississippi’s economic outlook remains riddled with uncertainty at the start of the new year, despite some recent improvement. Nationally, the U.S. economy continues its unsettling roller-coaster ride, with positive developments alternating with negative. Internationally, the Eurozone is at the start of a recession, and the growth rates of the strongest economies, including China’s, are...

This presentation contains a variety of charts and graphs which compare Mississippi's economy with that of the nation as a whole. Among other things, the presentation looks at employment, housing, and retail sales.

"Thirty-six counties in the state were declared eligible for federal disaster assistance as a result of tornadoes, severe storms and flooding occurring April 15 – 28. Flooding along the Mississippi River and tributaries, which has broken records set in the 1920s and 1930s, will add more to the list. Thousands have lost jobs and hundreds have suffered extensive damage to their homes and...

"Population projections are routinely updated as new information becomes available. This report contains new population projections for Mississippi and its 82 counties; the new figures update and replace all earlier projections.

Population projections are the numerical outcomes of a set of assumptions about current and future trends in fertility, mortality, and migration. If the...

"In this fifth edition of Rich States, Poor States, Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Jonathan Williams identify the states that experience prosperity and those that continue to struggle, highlighting the policies that contribute to economic well-being in the 50 states. The authors also provide the 2012 ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index, based on state economic...

"The Basic Economic Security TablesTM Index (BEST) is a measure of the basic needs and assets workers require for economic security throughout a lifetime and across generations.

The BEST follows on a long history of research defining families' spending and income needs, but reflects a modern economy and contemporary understanding of how families achieve financial stability. The BEST...

"Presented to the Annual Conference of The Mississippi Economic Policy Center," this presentation contains a variety of charts and graphs prepared by Mississippi state economist Darrin Webb.

"African-Americans make up 37% of Mississippi's population, the highest percentage of any state, and account for a third of the working age population 25 to 64 years old. While the status of Mississippi's black population has improved greatly over the past twenty-five years, and milestone accomplishments in the economic, political and social arenas have been achieved, much remains to be done....

"The first section of this report, which is entitled, 'A Roadmap for Mississippi's Energy Future', describes the initial organization structure of the Mississippi Energy Policy Institute: the MEPI Board of Directors, the Mission Statement, Objectives, Goals, and a description of each of the committees and its leadership.

The next section of the report lists the Priority Goals of MEPI,...

"In a poll of its corporate clients, The Pathfinders found that those clients’ experiences suggest that new hires for new operations typically do not come from the ranks of the unemployed. Instead, these clients and other companies staff a new operation principally with individuals who are working but who desire better jobs and who appear to possess the skills, education, and experience to...

"The Index of Family Belonging was 45.8 percent with a corresponding Family Rejection score of 54.2 percent for the United States for the year 2009. The action of parents determines the belonging or rejection score: whether they marry and belong to each other, or whether they reject one another through divorce or otherwise. Rejection leaves children without married parents committed to one...

This piece contains a variety of charts detailing key factors in Mississippi's economy and expected growth.

"The State of Working Mississippi 2012 takes a close look at conditions of employment in Mississippi over the last decade and summarizes how working Mississippi has changed over the period. Each section begins with a broad look at a topic related to the economy. Topics include the labor force, jobs, unemployment, industries, wages, income and poverty. Each section then delves more...

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"Federal contracts are worth billions and billions of dollars. Those contracts are supposed to be awarded impartially, generally to the lowest and best bidder."

"A lot of attention has been given to the gargantuan debt that has been racked up the federal government. And though it pales in comparison, the amount of debt racked up by the state government warrants attention, too."

"Economic developers want to grow business in Mississippi, and they say it all starts in small towns. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how leaders say communities and cities need to be unique if they want to grow their local economy."

"Economic experts are predicting continued sluggish growth for the Mississippi economy. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that the state is not expected to get back to pre-recession employment for at least 4 more years."

"The role of job creation at the local level is complicated, especially given the large macroeconomic context that often has a bigger impact than local efforts and policies. Yet, nearly every city in the country has an organization whose chief responsibility is to add to the quantity and quality of local jobs. Job-creation strategies are becoming increasingly differentiated among localities...

"The bankruptcy of Solyndra means more than embarrassment for President Obama. It also could cost taxpayers over half a billion dollars in federal loan guarantees that Obama's administration approved after the Bush administration rejected them."

"Robert Siegel speaks with John Davis, the director of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, in Mississippi. He talks about the numbers and nature of recipients in his state. While the program is targeted at people who need help for a limited time period while they transition from unemployment back to employment, many people are using it indefinitely."

"Today's podcast is one of four podcasts from our two-thousand nine economic forecast conference. The Conference was held January twenty-second at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. Over 500 area citizens heard forecasts on the economy locally, state-wide, and nationally from noted speakers. This podcast features Dr. Phil Pepper who is the State Economist for the State...

"Today’s podcast is one of four podcasts from our two-thousand nine economic forecast conference. The Conference was held January twenty-second at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo, Mississippi, where over five-hundred area citizens heard forecasts on the economy locally, state-wide, and nationally from noted speakers. This podcast features Mr. Mitch Waycaster, Chairman of the...

"David Rose of the University of Missouri, St. Louis and the author of The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the book and the role morality plays in prosperity. Rose argues that morality plays a crucial role in prosperity and economic development. Knowing that the people you trade with have a principled aversion to exploiting opportunities for...

"Today's podcast is one of four podcasts from our two-thousand ten Northeast Mississippi Economic Forecast Conference. The Conference was held January twentieth at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo, Mississippi, where over seven-hundred area citizens heard forecasts on the economy locally, state-wide, and nationally from noted speakers. This podcast features Mr. Chris Rogers,...

As the title suggests, this podcast details the important role societal aspects such as religion, education and family have on the economic development of a specific area or country.

"Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago and Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the rule of law. Epstein lays out a minimalist definition and a more expansive definition when considering the protection that individuals might have when facing the power of the state or the sovereign. Applications include 'takings...

"The manufacturing sector has experienced a significant decline in employment levels over the last two decades but remains a key source of jobs in the United States. Changes in technology and increasing globalization have transformed how we view modern manufacturing jobs, as well as the strategies we should use to recruit and retain manufacturers in our communities. To adapt to this changing...

"Peter Schweizer, fellow at the Hoover Institution & author of Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy, on whether Super Committee pols had any put options premised on their own failure, and a detailing of the corruption uncovered in his new book, Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism that Would Send...

"Today’s podcast is one of four podcasts from our two-thousand ten Northeast Mississippi Economic Forecast Conference. The Conference was held January twentieth at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo, Mississippi, where over seven-hundred area citizens heard forecasts on the economy locally, state-wide, and nationally from noted speakers. This podcast features a question and answer...

"Peter Schweizer doesn't have many friends on Capitol Hill these days. So few, in fact, that he was told not to even show his face at a congressional hearing on insider trading — even though that hearing was the direct result of his new book, 'Throw Them All Out.'

Schweizer, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, spoke at The Heritage Foundation this week about his research on the '...

A webcast of the Mississippi Economic Outlook Conference, this video features presentations on the growth (or lack thereof) of select industries in Mississippi, including retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and housing.

"Gov. Haley Barbour discusses the importance of supporting artists, musicians and writers as a way to grow the state's economy. The Mississippi Development Authority and Mississippi Arts Commission hosted a summit to discuss support for people in the creative industries."

"Gov. Haley Barbour, officials from Mississippi Power and state and local leaders gathered Dec. 16 to break ground on Mississippi Power's new Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant in Kemper County, Miss. The 582-megawatt, clean coal technology electric power plant represents an investment of $2.4 billion by Mississippi Power and will create 260 permanent jobs and an additional 1,...

"Gov. Haley Barbour and officials from Stion, a venture-backed manufacturer of high-efficiency, low-cost thin film solar panels, announced today the company is locating a 100-megawatt solar panel production facility in Hattiesburg, Miss. The operations will be located in the Sunbeam building. The production line is the first phase of a company investment of $500 million that will create 1,000...

In this video, former Governor William Winter discusses Mississippi's economy.

"State lawmakers react to a special session that would give $175 million in incentives to green tech industries looking to relocate to Mississippi."

This video gives viewers a glimpse into one of the most economically depressed areas of Mississippi. Residents of Midnight, Mississippi describe the lack of jobs and the low pay offered for the few jobs that are available.

"The Mississippi Public Service Commission announced Thursday its approval with conditions of Mississippi Power Companys $2.4 billion clean coal plant which will be built in Kemper County.

The project is the largest addition to a public utility in state history and will also have the distinction of being the first U.S. clean coal plant to capture carbon dioxide emissions."

"The Mississippi Public Service Commission passed another conditional approval of Mississippi Power Company's $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant, relaxing the financial restrictions imposed in its April order. MBJ-TV talks with commissioners Leonard Bentz and Brandon Presley about the decision."

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"We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking his blessing on our work, do ordain and establish this constitution."

"I am returning House Bill Number 803: 'AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 11-27-1, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROHIBIT USE OF THE POWER OF EMINENT DOMAIN EXCEPT FOR A PUBLIC USE; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES' without my approval, and assign the following reasons for my veto."

"Overall, green employment in Mississippi is expected to grow by 18.5 percent relative to 12.1 percent growth for Mississippi employment as a whole. The rapid growth in green employment is even more remarkable given that the 2010 baseline includes a significant amount of green employment created by ARRA funding, some of which will disappear as that spending wanes. However, that projected level...

"This annual report presents financial and statistical data pertaining to tax collections in the State of Mississippi for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

A detailed analysis of all taxes collected by the Department of Revenue and their diversion to cities, counties, special funds or the general fund is included in this report. Industry classifications of sales tax by city and...

"The Legislature hereby finds and declares that:

(a) There exists in the State of Mississippi a continuing need for gainful employment for the citizens of this state.

(b) To help provide employment opportunities, a division within the Mississippi Development Authority should be created with power to secure the location and expansion within this state of major economic impact...

"The Mississippi Power Company ('MPC') applied to the Mississippi Public Service Commission ('Commission') for permission to proceed with construction of a new power generation facility that would employ a new technology not in operation anywhere else in the United States, and to begin assessing the cost of construction (capped at $2.88 billion) to its current customers. The Sierra Club...

This fact sheet gives a variety of information on Mississippi's poverty and food insecurity levels.

"We need to continue to improve the climate for companies to bring highly-skilled jobs to Mississippi – keeping taxes low and providing the best in workforce training opportunities. We need to look at innovative ways to provide quality education through our public schools, community colleges and universities. And we need to ensure our law enforcement has the tools needed to keep our families...

"The Mississippi Green Jobs Survey, conducted during the third and fourth quarter of 2010, is the first of its kind in the state and aims to establish a baseline measure of green employment. The survey sought to capture the gradual greening of the economy by measuring primary and support green jobs. Primary green jobs are those with a primary job function in one of seven activity categories:...

"In 2009, Mississippi and Louisiana partnered to research economic development opportunities and workforce needs associated with the region’s green economy. Through a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, a consortium of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Mississippi State University, Louisiana Workforce Commission, and Louisiana State University conducted an...

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