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Economic activity abounds around the Gulf Coast: Jackson

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County has seen large numbers of new jobs created in the past two years.

The problem is, a lot of those new workers live — and spend their paychecks — elsewhere.

Connie Moran, executive director of Jackson County Economic Development, said the shortage of housing in Jackson County forces many workers to live outside the county. It is estimated that 18,000 workers live outside the county, representing a payroll loss of $185 million per year and the loss of millions in tax revenues.

The job growth has also outstripped the supply of available labor.

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