Thank God for Mississippi.
If not for the Magnolia State, Georgia would suffer the nation’s worst unemployment rate. As it is, Georgia now ranks 50th — the District of Columbia included — with a jobless rate of 7.8 percent. Mississippi’s rate: 8 percent.
Georgia’s rate has been among the highest since the Great Recession, but the latest ranking is its worst on record. It comes courtesy of a monthly federal report, issued Monday, that compares state jobless rates.
Old-line, liberal-leaning states like Massachusetts, sometimes derided as “Taxachusetts,” and New York are doing better with rates of 5.6 and 6.6 percent, respectively. Rust Belt stalwarts like Illinois, at 6.8, and Ohio, at 5.7, placed above the Peach State.