The latest unemployment numbers show most of Mississippi is back at work.
Unemployment in Mississippi stands at 9.4-percent for January. The national rate is 6.5-percent and in Coahoma County, 9.5-percent.
This is after record lows of about 4- to 5-percent at the state level and about 7-percent in counties across the Delta region last winter. Coahoma County notched a 9.3-percent in December.
Claims paid to the “newly unemployed” topped $13 million in December, down from $18 million in November.
We hope those who qualify for state and federal assistance realize who is paying their bills. The answer is simple: From those still working.
Coahoma County has a population of 22,628 and in April had a labor force of 8,330 people with 7,540 employed.
We have been told a Coahoma County manufacturer hired 300 workers last year and at the end of the year they had retained 103.
The top reasons listed for that turnover were a lack of soft-skills in new hires. These are employees who lack a strong work ethic, leadership skills, communication skills, problem-solving, time management and teamwork. The inability to pass a drug test also keeps people from landing a job they really want – or maybe just applying for it in the first place.
And in the manufacturing and tech world, those who seize the opportunity to acquire additional education and skills needed by their new employer can find themselves working a $20-an-hour job after a few years.
The saddest part of the COVID-19 scare is it has put thousands on the government dole. Statistics show that once someone is on social assistance it is often two years before they come off.
And while it is easy to curse government welfare programs as the heart of the problem, we prefer to look at solutions. Again we say, industrialist, businesses and of course politicians are always looking for good people to offer a job.
There are jobs out there.
There are mothers who want a better life for their children. There are fathers who want a better life for the wife and family. There are recent graduates who are looking for a job.
Your Clarksdale Press Register is just thankful for those who still want to work.