FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2008
MISSISSIPPI EMPLOYMENT REACHES ALL-TIME HIGH DURING BARBOUR ADMINISTRATION
Federal statistics reveal 50,900 new jobs since 2004
(JACKSON, Mississippi) - Under the leadership of Governor Haley Barbour, Mississippi has once again reached an all-time high level of employment, according to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The non-farm, seasonally-adjusted employment level rose to 1,171,200 in December 2007, topping the previous high set in November 2007 at 1,168,700. Most economists consider the non-farm, seasonally adjusted category as the most accurate reflection of the state of the workforce at any given time. The statistics also show an increase of 50,900 jobs in the state since 2004, when Governor Barbour took office.
“Re-tooling the state’s approach to economic development, ending lawsuit abuse, vastly improving workforce development training, and making education a top priority have resulted in the largest number of people working in our state’s history,” Governor Barbour said. “Our challenge is to continue to attract more higher-skilled and higher-paying jobs to the state, even at a time of uncertainty in the national economy.”
Statistical information on non-farm, seasonally adjusted employment is generated by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, a unit of the U.S. Department of Labor that tracks employment figures.