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Fueled jobs

A UGA history professor was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about how lower gas prices are helping residents of Mississippi.

In the article, the writer stated that Mississippi residents spend about 6 percent of their after-tax income on gasoline, more than any other state in the U.S. The reason behind that is that the state is rural and residents have to drive to get places. Mississippi also has the highest jobless rate in the nation.

“The scarcity of jobs means a lot of people are driving good distances to work,” said James C. Cobb, who holds the B. Phinizy Spalding Professorship in History in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.