Mississippi has had a riveting history
carrying it through the U.S. Civil War and the 1960s Civil Rights Era.
Located in the southern part of the U.S. and with an African American population
comprising 37 percent of the state's nearly 3 million residents, its economy was
profoundly affected by the 2008-2009 recession.
Over the previous decade, the state’s unemployment rate had nearly doubled,
reaching a peak of 11% in January 2010. By December 2011, the rate had dropped to
10.4 percent, the fourth highest in the United States. The state expects a slow
recovery from the recession in spite of experiencing 3.4 percent growth during the
last quarter of 2011.
Mississippi began a turnaround toward recovering lost jobs February 2010. The U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics identified professional and business services and
education and health services as those economic sectors showing job gains. Job
seekers can expect temporary employment agencies to continue hiring along with a
solid pace of growth for the health care sector.
Transportation, manufacturing jobs and business jobs are projected for significant
growth in 2012. Those looking for work should also expect educational jobs and new
government programs to help retrain the state’s workforce.
Additional information can be found regarding Mississippi's economy
and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Mississippi Economy.