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PHIL HARDWICK: A year-end quiz

Soon it will be a new year, a time when individuals and organizations of all type look ahead and ponder what their goals will be for the coming year. Before doing so, it is a good idea to take stock of where we are now. In this column we will do that by reviewing a potpourri of information about Mississippi. Just for fun, let’s do it in the form of a short quiz. Good luck and have fun.

 

1. Which is NOT one of Mississippi’s target industries?

a. aerospace; b. automotive; c. financial services; d. health care

 

2. Which state agency regulates charities?

a. Attorney General’s Office; b. Department of Finance; c. Mississippi Board of Public Accountancy; d. Secretary of State’s Office

 

3. Which of the following is Mississippi’s official state website?

a. ms.gov; b. www.ms.com; c. ms.org; d. mississippi.org

 

4. Which county in Mississippi had the highest number of employed persons in October 2013?

a. DeSoto; b. Hancock; c. Harrison; d. Hinds

 

5. Which county in Mississippi had the least number of employed persons (550) in October 2013?

a. Alcorn; b. Greene; c. Issaquena; d. Wilkinson

 

6. Which county had the highest average annual wage in 2011, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security?

a. Claiborne; b. Hinds; c. Madison; d. Rankin

 

7. Which county had the lowest average annual wage in 2011?

a. Claiborne; b. Hinds; c. Issaquena; d. Wilkinson

 

8. Which county had the highest per capita income in 2011?

a. Hinds; b. Madison; c. Rankin; d. Stone

 

9. Which county had the lowest per capita income in 2011?

a. Benton; b. Greene; c. Issaquena; d. Tallahatchie

 

10. Which county has the most college graduates in 2010?

a. Hinds; b. Madison; c. Rankin; d. Stone

 

ANSWERS:

1. c — According to the Mississippi Development Authority website the following are Mississippi’s targeted industries: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Agribusness, Automotive, Energy, Healthcare and Shipbuilding

 

2. d — Secretary of State’s Office

3. a — Answer b will connect to a financial services firm, answer c to a charitable organization and answer c to the Mississippi Development Authority, which is a state agency.

 

4. d — According to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Hinds County had 106,950 employed persons at that time.

 

5. c

 

6. a — Average annual wage, which is not to be confused with per capita income, is highest in Claiborne County at $50,149. It is noted that the Grand Gulf Nuclear facility is located in that county. The average annual wage for the state in 2011 was $34,280.

 

7. c — Issaquena’s average annual wage in 2011 was $22,712

 

8. b — Madison County’s per capita income of $50,233 led the state, which had a per capita income of $32,000 in 2011.

 

9. a — Benton County at $22,063.

 

10. b — Madison County had 42.6%. Overall, Mississippi had 19.5 percent, compared to the United States rate at 31.1 percent.

 

Phil Hardwick is coordinator of capacity development at the John C. Stennis Institute of Government. Pease contact Hardwick at phil@philhardwick.com.

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