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VOL. 129 | NO. 154 | Friday, August 08, 2014

Mississippi Consumer Spending Grows Slowest in Nation

JEFF AMY | Associated Press

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Consumer spending grew more slowly in Mississippi than in any other state in 2012, reflecting the state's slow recovery from the recession.

A report released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department finds overall personal consumption spending grew 2.5 percent in Mississippi in 2012, compared to 4.1 percent nationwide. With other figures showing Mississippi's economy grew by a brisk 3.5 percent that year, it suggests gains aren't making it to the pockets of residents, or if so, they're not spending that money.

Per-capita spending grew 2.2 percent to $27,406, compared with 3.3 percent growth to $35,498 nationwide. Only Wyoming and Hawaii saw slower growth.

Mississippians spend more than the national average on gasoline, reflecting a rural and car-dependent state. However, they spend less than all other Americans on housing and utilities.

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PROPERTY SALES 72 368 16,413
MORTGAGES 66 422 21,432
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 76 4,266
BUILDING PERMITS 176 877 39,378
BANKRUPTCIES 60 294 15,542
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 98 5,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 423 23,573
MARRIAGE LICENSES 17 95 5,035

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