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Marianne Hill retires after tracking state economy for two decades

The logic of purposely dumping American grown wheat into the Gulf of Mexico while large parts of the world’s population starved didn’t compute for high school math whiz Marianne Hill. Her teacher’s short-form answer – the wheat dumping protected farmers in the Third World countries whose people were starving – equally befuddled Hill, who decided then to put her knack ...

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Minorities & the wage gap

The gap between what black and white Mississippi workers earn is still substantial, despite 25 years of advances for African American Mississippians. That’s the bottom line of a report on the economic status of African Americans in the state by Dr. Marianne Hill, senior economist at the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Blacks make up 37 percent of the state ...

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Upon further review: State had negative GDP for 2011

Mississippi dipped back into recession in 2011, with overall economic output shrinking 0.8 percent, according to federal figures released last Tuesday. The Magnolia State was one of only six states where the economy contracted in 2011, along with Alabama, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Wyoming, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported. Senior economist Marianne Hill with the Mississippi Institutes ...

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Upon further review: Mississippi had negative GDP for 2011

Mississippi dipped back into recession in 2011, with overall economic output shrinking 0.8 percent, according to federal figures released Tuesday. The Magnolia State was one of only six states where the economy contracted in 2011, along with Alabama, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Wyoming, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported. Senior economist Marianne Hill with the Mississippi Institutes of ...

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Analysis: Mississippi unemployment rate still rising

Roy Nickson has spent so much time at a job service office here that the employees know him by name. The 56-year-old Vicksburg resident said that after six months of looking, he doesn’t feel much closer to landing new employment. “It’s hard and it’s slow right now,” said Nickson, who said this is the first time he’s been out of ...

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Experian gives Jackson nation’s 2nd worst credit score

Jackson can be thankful for Harlingen, Texas. Without Harlingen, the Mississippi capital would have the nation’s worst Experian credit score. The credit reporting bureau gives Harlingen a national low of 686 and Jackson a second place 701, based on the credit history of residents. Corpus Christi, Texas, is knocking at the door of second-place, with a score of 702. The ...

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Good idea or not?

See related Feb. 4 Business Blog post, ‘Haley Barbour and Khosla Ventures’ and Feb. 11 post, ‘WSJ: Learned from Khosla-backed energy startups that tanked.’ 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 ...

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Report notes worry over state debt backed by taxpayers

Mississippi goes into 2011 among the states with the highest tax-supported debt system, a circumstance that leaves taxpayers on the hook for future shortfalls in revenue earmarked for debt repayment. The debt-as-a-percentage of Mississippi’s gross domestic product puts it in the company of fiscally troubled states such as California and New Jersey, according to “Mississippi Outlook 2011,” a state-prepared assessment ...

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It’s the economy

Mississippi’s bankers and lenders can’t seem to get out of each other’s way as state appears to be late in the recession and out Late both coming and going — that’s how economists of the future will detail Mississippi’s experience with the Great Recession. While tardy to settle into the economic slump that beset much of the nation starting in ...

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Johnson named leader of women’s commission

The Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women has appointed Pam Johnson as its new executive director. Commission chairwoman Marianne Hill made the announcement July 16. Johnson was most recently executive director of the Mississippi Association for Justice. She also worked for the Secretary of State’s Office and the State Auditor’s Office.

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