Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mississippians hit hard by higher gas prices - ELLEN CIURCZAK, Hattiesburg American

There's no question Mississippi residents are struggling. It turns out, they feel the worst pain at the pump, even though they aren't seeing gas prices as high as in some states, such as California.
"We're the poorest state in the nation. We've got the lowest per capita income," said David Duhon, chairman of the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Southern Mississippi. "Higher gas prices are gonna hurt us because we have low-income people." In fact, the latest figures from the Oil Price Information Service show Mississippi residents spend almost $403 a month on gas. With a median income of about $37,000 per household, that's 13.2 percent of their income - the highest percentage in the nation.

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