TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A local economic development group takes issue with a New York Times article this week that talks about the Tupelo economy.
The story says Tupelo could be hurt by President Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports even though voters supported the president overwhelmingly on Election Day.
The Community Development Foundation does not dispute the reporting that there are not as many jobs in Lee County as there were at the start of the millennium.
It does dispute what was cited about local incomes.
"At one point, it states that middle income families are making 20 percent less than they were in 2000. Now we know that to be untrue," said CDF spokeswoman Mallory Lawson.
Lawson says the Times story based that on a look at statistics from 1990 to 2007.
It contends if you look at the economy up unitl last year, those middle income families are making 20 percent more, not less.
CDF adds that diversifying the local economy has almost brought the job numbers back to what they were in 2000.
The state says there were 56,710 jobs in Lee County in 2000. That number dropped to 51,840 in 2007 but climbed to 55,330 in 2016.