Older Mississippians are more likely to be working today than in 2000, while the number of young people in the state’s labor force has declined.
The number of persons aged 16 to 24 in the state’s labor force declined by 16.7% between 2000 and 2015, and the number of workers between the ages of 25 and 54 decreased by 9.4%.
The number of workers ages 55 and older increased dramatically by 47.4%.
The state’s total labor force decreased by nearly 55,000 workers between 2010 and 2016, while the nation’s labor force increased by nearly 4.4 million workers.
Daniel 11:32b (NKJV)
But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
Our Father in heaven,
You are with us, and perfect love casts out fear. You are our God.
We humbly seek a new mantle of identity for the unemployed young adults of Mississippi. Like Bartimaeus casting aside his beggar’s cloak, empower them to cast aside any false assumptions. Open their eyes to recognize the lies they believe, and strengthen them to turn aside from them.
We rebuke the false identities of pride, worthlessness, inadequacy, resentment, hopelessness, addictions, helplessness, sloth, entitlement, lawlessness, and dependency.
It is Your good pleasure to give them the kingdom. Unlock the shackles that restrain them from stepping into the identity that You have designed for them. Uphold them with Your righteous right hand. Bless them with work and with Sabbath rest.
When Hagar was dying of thirst in the wilderness, You opened her eyes to see a well. If there are no jobs, then open their eyes to see Your hand of deliverance. Open their minds to unexpected ideas and endeavors. Prosper them to carry out great exploits. Amen.