As of July 2014, Mississippi has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, 8 percent, followed by Georgia at 7.8 and Michigan and Rhode Island both at 7.7.
Alabama is 7.0. Louisiana is 5.4. Tennessee is 7.1 and Arkansas is 6.2. South Carolina, the state demographically most like Mississippi, is 5.7. Texas is 5.1.
Our political leaders love to talk about jobs. Gov. Phil Bryant loves to talk about how many “golden shovels” he has in his garage from groundbreaking ceremonies, but the reality is not good.