As practically every governor before him has done, Gov. Phil Bryant in his State of the State address to legislators boasted that Mississippi made economic progress the previous year.
Bryant enthusiastically told lawmakers that 2,700 new jobs had been “announced” in 2012, conveying the impression Mississippi’s employment rolls had increased that much. Trouble is, just the opposite had happened. According to state Department of Employment Security figures, Mississippi lost 1800 payroll jobs in 2012 since the previous year.