USM business dean sees brighter US picture

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG — The dean of the University of Southern Mississippi’s business college says the U.S. economic picture is a little brighter.

During a speech to Hattiesburg business officials on Friday, Lance Nail said recent employment numbers have been favorable — and the real estate market is about ready to bounce back.

The Hattiesburg American also said that Nail believes the Mississippi economy — which typically trails its national counterpart — is in line for a good year.

Nail said his forecast could be dented by European debt woes, along with problems in Russia and the Middle East.