College Towns and Unemployment Rates

A Wall Street Journal article today pointed out that the unemployment rates in university towns tended to be lower than average.  I took a look at university towns in Mississippi and discovered the following:

Unemployment Rate
January 2009                       County                   University

5.9/7.0%                                Lamar/Forrest        University of Southern Mississippi

6.7%                                     Lafayette                University of Mississippi

7.5%                                     Hinds                       Jackson State University

8.2%                                     Oktibbeha                 Mississippi State University

8.5%                                     United States

9.2%                                     Mississippi

10.0%                                   Lowndes                      Mississippi University for Women

12.0%                                   Bolivar                        Delta State University

12.1%                                   Leflore                        Mississippi Valley State University

19.0%                                   Claiborne                   Alcorn State University

Source: Mississippi Department of Employment Security

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