Posts Tagged ‘economy’

Report: Confidence in Coast economy up modestly

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Director of research and policy Scott King and the Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation has released the quarterly CEO and Business Owners Confidence Report for the first quarter of 2013. “Confidence in the Gulf Coast’s economy is improving moderately,” said Jack Norris, president of the Gulf Coast Business Council. “This […] [...]

Most Southern cities see drop in unemployment rates

SOUTHERN U.S. — Unemployment rates fell in more than 80 percent of large U.S. cities in February from January, suggesting that strong hiring that month benefited the vast majority of the country. The Labor Department says rates fell in 311 of the nation’s 372 largest metro areas. They rose in 45 and were unchanged in […] [...]

City faces shortfall as tax collections continue to decline

COLUMBUS — Sales tax collections continue to lag behind last year’s revenue, raising questions about whether the city will have to amend its budget or dip into reserves to make up the difference. The Commercial Dispatch reports January revenue was reported at about $626,000, a drop of more than $24,000 from the same period in […] [...]

NFIB’s Aldridge: ‘Small business owners still wary’

JACKSON — The National Federation of Independent Business’ monthly Index of Small Business Optimism increased 1.9 points in February to 90.8 — an improvement over the past several months but still below the trough of the 1991-92 and 2001-02 recessions. Of the 10 Index components, one fell, one remained unchanged and eight improved but were […] [...]

Wild hogs continue to hurt economy, ecosystem

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s rapidly growing wild hog population is cutting its own destructive swath through the state, and along the way exacting a heavy toll on the state’s ecosystem. Wild hogs, sometimes referred to as feral pigs, are swine that were once domesticated and were released or escaped into the wild. Their ability to […] [...]

Study: Confidence in economy holding steady on Coast

by Published: January 31,2013

Tags: consumer confidence, economy, forecast, job, prediction, sales, study, survey, tax, work, worker

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Confidence in the Mississippi Gulf Coast economy held steady in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the CEO and Business Owners Confidence report from the Gulf Coast Business Council. “For the second consecutive survey, business leaders perceive a modestly improving economy,” said Jack Norris, president of the Gulf Coast Business […] [...]

State’s unemployment rate rose in December

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s unemployment rate ticked up to 8.6 percent in December. Despite the one-month rise, Mississippi’s jobless rate still decreased the third-most among states in 2012, in percentage point terms. Only Nevada and Florida saw larger drops. The state’s unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in November and 10.5 percent rate in December […] [...]

IHL report finds 20 percent chance for recession

by Published: January 18,2013

Tags: economic, economy, recession

JACKSON — The Mississippi Economic Outlook, first quarter 2013 edition, is now available online at www.mississippi.edu/URC. Published by the Center for Policy Research and Planning of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), the Outlook presents the state economic forecast, including detailed employment forecasts by sector. Regional, national and international developments impacting the state economy are […] [...]

Webb: Economy growing slowly, ‘boring’

JACKSON — An expert says Mississippi’s economy is growing slowly but still lags behind the pace of the U.S. economy overall. State economist Darrin Webb spoke to lawmakers at the Capitol today. He says the state and nation have a “boring kind of economy” right now, with slow job growth and shaky consumer confidence. Webb […] [...]

Blame will save the day

by Published: December 24,2012

Tags: economy, George Will, Mitch McConnell

To anyone paying attention it’s pretty clear that things are out of balance in America. And, the longer things stay out of balance, the longer and harder it will be to get things back into balance. Our national debt and annual budget deficits illustrate this problem. Each year of deficit spending adds to the national […] [...]

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