Good news on South Mississippi's economic front. The confidence level of CEOs and business owners is improving. They give the economy a score of 61 on a scale where a 50 means flat. They are even more optimistic about recent economic improvements giving us the best economic improvement score in six years.
The local sales tax base continues to grow. That's another good indicator for our economy. Of course there is still caution for many as they worry about the cost of doing business with insurance costs and the impact of federal and state health insurance.
Even with those concerns, we see this as more positive signs that the coast local economy is on the upswing with 28% of the CEOs saying they plan to hire additional staff. We would encourage more local CEOs to see the improvement and invest in the Mississippi coast economy.
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WLOX-TV General Manager