However, the truth is that while MDA may be creating jobs, the state has lost even more. On Friday, the feds released state-by-state jobs numbers, and Mississippi lost jobs for a second straight month. In fact, the state has lost 11,000 jobs over July and August. Most of that drop — 10,000 — came in July. Mississippi still had 20,400 more jobs in August than a year ago.
Webb also pointed out that most jobs being created in Mississippi are low-paying jobs. It’s hard to build an economic recovery with low wages. It’s also a fact that would argue against the growth being the result of MDA work, where the average salaries of created jobs would likely not fall in “low-paying” category.