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U.S. Set for Biggest State-Local Jobs Boost Since 2007
State and local governments are in their best financial shape since the recession, giving them leeway to cushion the U.S. economy from federal budget cuts with spending and hiring of their own. After slashing their workforces by about half a million in the past five years, state and local authorities will add employees in 2013, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Their payrolls in the fourth quarter will be 220,000 larger than in the same period for 2012, he projects. Bloomberg
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Population growth likely to push Florida past New York, experts say
It was startling news for a state that gains about 3 million residents each decade. As the recession dug deep in 2007, more people were leaving than entering Florida. Now, with the economy showing signs of life, people are flocking back to the Sunshine State. Last month, the U.S. Census reported that Florida currently has the third-largest population growth of any state. Last year, Atlas Van Lines reported Florida had 4,973 moves into the state, compared to 4,641 moves out. And several demographers predict that within two or three years Florida could eclipse New York as the third most populous state in the country. Tampa Bay Times
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Birmingham is top 10 for job seekers; workers are happy, and openings are high
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham is the seventh-best place to find a job in the U.S., according to a new study conducted by CareerBliss. Los Angeles tops the list, followed by Tuscon, Ariz.; Dayton, Ohio; Virginia Beach, Va.; Richmond, Va.; and St. Louis. After Birmingham come Houston, Indianapolis, and Dallas. Boulder, Colo., is the worst place to find a job, CareerBliss says, followed by Milwaukee and Buffalo. The rankings are based on three factors: the happiness of the people that currently work in that city; the trend in that city's unemployment rate; and the number of jobs available as tracked by CareerBliss' listings service. al.com
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'American Pickers' Looking for Treasure in Arkansas
Have antiques or old collectibles that you would like to get off your hands? Pickers' Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz of the History Channel show "American Pickers" can help. The duo is in Arkansas this week, traveling across the state to find forgotten treasures and restoring them to their former glory. The announcement was made on their Facebook page earlier this week. The post read: Hey, Arkansas! Mike and Frank are heading down to the Natural State, so send us your tips for the biggest piles of rusty gold in your neck of the woods -- from the Ozarks to the Mississippi and everything in between! In Arkansas
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Texas sales tax revenue climbs 9.4%
December, with revenue of $2.17 billion, an increase of 9.4 percent over the same month last year, the state comptroller’s office said Wednesday. It was the 33rd consecutive month in which sales tax revenue has increased, according to data from the comptroller’s office. Sales tax is an important source of revenue, paying for a number of state services, from schools to prisons. The sales tax figures represent mostly sales made in November. Austin American-Statesman
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Canton plant to produce Murano, 8th Nissan model in Mississippi
Nissan Motor Co. will add an eighth vehicle to be produced at its Canton plant when assembly of the Murano crossover vehicle moves from Japan to Mississippi in the second half of 2014. Nissan officials said Thursday that the addition of the Murano likely will mean the hiring of additional workers, but they couldn’t say how many. The Canton plant currently has 5,000 workers. Canton Nissan would become the sole source for production of the Murano. It also assembles the Altima sedan, Armada and Xterra SUVs, Titan and Frontier pickup trucks and NV commercial and passenger vans. The company made the announcement Thursday at a ceremony kicking off the 10th anniversary of the Canton plant. Clarion-Ledger
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Gov. Phil Bryant, Nissan to celebrate automaker's 10 years in Mississippi
Gov. Phil Bryant and Nissan executives are expected to attend a kick-off ceremony this afternoon marking the start of 10th-anniversary celebrations for the automaker’s Canton manufacturing plant. The event includes "special announcements impacting (the plant’s) next decade in the region," according to Nissan, although officials there wouldn't elaborate Thursday morning. The plant employs more than 5,000 people and builds seven Nissan brands, including its best-selling vehicle, the Altima sedan. Clarion-Ledger
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A new 10-cent per gallon gas tax hike for Mississippi?
Mississippians would pay an extra 10 cents per gallon of gas if Mississippi Department of Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall gets his way. Hall said a 10-cent per gallon gas tax increase in Mississippi could generate $220 million per year for the state to fund better highways. According to 16 WAPT News, Hall said it's time Mississippi lawmakers consider boosting the gas tax. The Mississippi Legislature began its 2013 session on Tuesday. “This has not been looked at in 25 years,” Hall said, according to WAPT. “I mean, it’s time to look at it, take a serious look at it and see what we can do in the way of adjusting.” Clarion-Ledger
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Va. Gov. McDonnell presents plan to ax the gas tax
RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell kicked off the 2013 General Assembly session Wednesday by outlining transportation and education proposals that he hopes will round out his legacy in his final year in office, but it remains to be seen whether the more conservative members of his party will push social issues to the forefront as they did last year. Mr. McDonnell, a Republican, has laid out plans to push for a five-year, $3.1 billion transportation package that would replace the current gas tax with a sales tax increase and for school reforms that would raise teacher pay while increasing accountability of teachers and administrators. The Washington Times
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Arkansas Reaches No. 5 Among Education Week Quality Rankings
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas' public schools are fifth in the country in Education Week's annual rankings. The publication released its 2013 "Quality Counts" rankings Thursday. Arkansas' overall grade was a B minus. Arkansas received an A grade for its standards, assessments and accountability. It also got an A for transitions and alignment, which tracks state policy efforts to coordinate kindergarten through 12th grade education with early learning, post-secondary education and the workforce. Arkansas Business
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

The America South is home to almost as many residents as the Northeast and the Midwest combined, but even that statistical record is about to be broken. According to a new Census Bureau study that came out in April, 51 percent of the nation's population jump occurred in the South from 2010 to 2013.
 

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By Stacy Randle
Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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This is our annual "Made in the South" issue and it's timely because there is a new player in the South's manufacturing universe. For almost two decades, economic developers and politicos in the South and the U.S. have been chasing Chinese projects with little or nothing to show. Want proof we've been chasing ghosts in China for years? Okay, go ahead and name a Chinese brand that's made in the South? Tick. . .tick. . .tick. Give up?
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean

We try to change up the categories in our annual Ten Top 10s section, but we always include the "Ten People Who Made a Difference" category. This year though, we are honoring 12 and you will learn why by reading about this group of folks who have made a difference in the South. Here is our annual list that includes executives, economic developers and politicians who have made a difference in the South's economy.


 


 

 

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