Mississippi is a state of contradictions

For 2009, the year after the Great Recession hit, per-capita income fell in all 50 states. Only nine states got back to 2008 levels, or higher, for 2010.

Did you know that Mississippi was one of those nine?

Turns out, per-capita-income increases, along with job creation, were a hallmark of Gov. Haley Barbour’s term. Even with the dip caused by the Great Recession, Mississippi per-capita income increased 34 percent during his eight years.

This was driven, in part, by consistent employment growth under Barbour up to the recession.