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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.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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PROPERTY SALES 106 418 11,538
MORTGAGES 135 521 14,424
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 0 693 24,727
BANKRUPTCIES 53 297 8,729
BUSINESS LICENSES 26 119 3,890
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 453 13,909
MARRIAGE LICENSES 13 83 3,114

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