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Mississippi adds 6000 jobs, but 4400 stop searching.


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Mississippi’s employers added 6,000 jobs to their payrolls in September and the state’s unemployment rate fell again, although it remains the second-highest in the nation.

The numbers, compiled by two separate surveys, continue to send mixed signals about the state of Mississippi’s economy. The payroll survey records subdued growth, while the household survey used to compute the unemployment rate suggests an economy stuck in neutral at best.

Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes — were released Tuesday by the U.S. Labor Department.

Mississippi’s jobless rate fell to 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 percent in August and 8.4 percent in September 2013. But the decrease in the unemployment rate was thanks to 4,400 people stopping their job searches. The survey found that the number of Mississippians with a job fell by nearly 1,000.

The report found 96,000 Mississippians were unemployed in September, down more than 3,000 from August and below September 2013’s total of 107,000.

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State Economist: Mississippi economy growing but struggling.


Mississippi’s economy is gradually growing stronger, but the state still has 44,000 fewer jobs now than it did before the recession, state economist Darrin Webb told legislative budget writers Friday.

Employment numbers in the state have been up in some months and down in others.

“What you see is sort of sputtering growth in employment,” Webb said. “It shows that we are really struggling to gain momentum, but we are growing.”

The strongest contributor to job growth in Mississippi this year is the manufacturing sector, particularly for making vehicles, ships and furniture. In 2013, the biggest growth came in temporary jobs.

Experts think Mississippi will end the year with 1.4 percent growth in its gross domestic product, which would be slightly lower than the 1.6 percent growth in 2013, Webb said.

In Mississippi and other parts of the nation, many young people are slow to marry and form new households, partly because they’re leaving college with a significant amount of debt, he said. That, in turn, is affecting the demand for housing.

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OWEN: Conservatives have an opportunity to lead on immigration reform.


20130706-092422.jpgBY: Jansen Owen @JansenOwen

There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living inside the United States. They are the people we stand in line with at Wal-Mart. They are the people we sit next to in church on Sunday mornings. We all travel the same streets, shop at the same grocery stores, and listen to the same music. They are our neighbors.

Our government failed in its very basic responsibility to protect and secure our nation’s borders. There should be better fences, more man power, and a more efficient and speedy immigration process that will encourage people to immigrate this country legally without breaking our laws. It comes to no surprise that these common sense policies were not implemented. Higher quality fences were not built, the man power didn’t increase enough to be effective, and the immigration process continues to be slow and unreliable.

Governor Rick Perry of the border state of Texas was quoted by Dallas Morning News as saying that law officers are frequently “outgunned and understaffed and do not have resources to do their job. The federal government has been an abject failure at sealing our international border.” These unprecedented failures in the American immigration and border control system leave us as with very few options on the table.

There is no feasible way that our government can deport the millions of illegal immigrants living inside the United States.  America is already nearly $17 trillion in debt and the cost of deporting these aliens would just increase that debt.

Before this problem can be solved, conservatives need to realize that the illegal immigrants that currently live within our borders are here to stay. They are not going anywhere. Amnesty is the only option but it should not come without a price. Those who have broken our laws should be held accountable. Illegal immigrants should pay their back taxes, pay their fines, and be placed in the back of the line, behind those who have chosen to enter this country legally.

Before any pathway to citizenship can begin we must first secure our borders. To grant amnesty without first securing our borders is like pumping water out of a sinking boat without plugging the hole. Letting our borders remain open to intrusion is irresponsible, stupid, and dangerous. The most important step to reform and solve America’s immigration mess is to secure our borders.

Conservatives know that most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants came to our country not to be a hindrance but in pursuit of a better life. We as conservatives are painted by the liberals and the left-wing media as anti-immigration or racist but we understand that America is a nation built by immigrants. We understand that they came to our country to provide a future and a life for their families. They came here with the understanding that in America, with enough hard work and determination, you can achieve anything you set your mind to achieve; you can achieve the American Dream.

Conservatives have a clear opportunity to spearhead efforts in reforming and fixing our immigration problem. The ball is in our court.

About Jansen: Jansen Owen is from Poplarville. He is a sophomore political science major at Pearl River Community College where he is President of the Iota Mu chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Chairman of the PRCC College Republicans. Jansen is secretary of the Pearl River County Republican Party Executive Committee, treasurer of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans and a founding member of Generation Mississippi.

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MDA responds to federal inquiries into low income job numbers as state port.


The Mississippi Development Authority intends for 51 percent of new jobs at the state port to be filled by low- to moderate-income residents, but never said current jobs would meet that goal, the agency says in response to concerns the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has raised.

MDA secured $570 million in HUD recovery dollars for improvements at the port’s West Pier as an economic development project that would benefit low- to moderate-income residents. MDA must track jobs and report them to HUD to show the project is meeting its goals, or potentially face having to repay the money.

HUD informed MDA this spring the agency had documented only 50 of 1,286 existing jobs claimed at the port. MDA, HUD said, would have to supply documentation by early June that showed 51 percent of the total jobs are held by low- to moderate-income people.

MDA provided the Sun Herald with its response to HUD after the newspaper filed a written request for the records that an MDA staffer agreed to hand-deliver Friday to the agency’s office in Jackson. MDA insisted the request be hand-delivered or sent by mail.

MDA says in the response only 10 percent of port jobs were held by low- to moderate-income people when HUD awarded funding. Compliance will ultimately come, MDA says, through creation of new jobs.

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Gov. Bryant announces 1,000 new jobs in Hattiesburg


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Gov. Phil Bryant announced Thursday that General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, is locating a new customer support center in the Cloverleaf Center on U.S. 49 South in Hattiesburg. The project is expected to create 1,000 jobs.

The new center will support General Dynamics’ contracts with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including the (800) MEDICARE program, by providing responses to inquiries from CMS customers and beneficiaries across the nation.

General Dynamics delivers operations and maintenance support for several Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services programs including the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, Retiree Drug Subsidy program and the ViPS Medicare System. General Dynamics has worked with CMS since 2005.

The new Hattiesburg project is in addition to the Federal Student Aid Information Center project announced by the company in February 2013, which will create an additional 225 new jobs by this summer, increasing to 250 by spring 2014.

“I am grateful to the team at General Dynamics for expanding its presence in Hattiesburg and creating so many new jobs for the area’s workers. Just three months ago, the company announced it was locating a Federal Student Aid Information Center in Hattiesburg, and that project is expected to create 250 jobs by next spring,” Governor Bryant said. “Without a doubt, this announcement today serves as a testament to the supportive business climate found in Mississippi and to our skilled workers. Mississippi is a great place for businesses to locate and expand, and I thank General Dynamics for once again investing in our state and in our workforce.”

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Gov. Bryant Comments on Mandated Furloughs


Gov. Phil Bryant issued the following statement regarding the upcoming furloughs, directed by the Department of Defense, affecting more than 1,400 Mississippi National Guard full-time federal employees throughout the state.

“These furloughs are disappointing to the men and women who are working to protect the very freedoms we hold dear. The worst part is that while the Obama administration is making cuts to our nation’s military and defense industry, there are those who believe we should continue to trust this administration’s promises when it comes to expanding the largest entitlement program in our nation’s history. This announcement comes as the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced the closing of seven full-time and six part-time WIN Job Centers. As we can see, this administration can’t event pay the bills it has now—why should we expect them to honor their Medicaid promises and expand the program?”

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