It’s no secret that Mississippi’s unemployment rate is above the national average. With a state unemployment rate of 6.6%, Mississippians would welcome more jobs to the area and the opportunity to provide for their families. At the same time, we have thousands of miles of hazardous roads that desperately need work. Studies show a good infrastructure plan would produce 7,000 jobs here per year. 7,000 jobs is a lot of opportunity! The average worker earns a mean $45,940 per year, or $22.09 per hour. Not only would the road construction workers benefit, but so would all the other workers and industries that rely directly on our roadways.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2015 Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges and Transit: Conditions and Performance report, there is a significant investment needed to maintain our national highways.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 billion invested in highways supports 27,823 jobs. An investment in Mississippi roads is an investment in Mississippi jobs.