Mississippi County Job Opportunities

July 22, 2003 - Posted at: 9:13 p.m. CDT

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- A new auto parts company coming to Mississippi County has got some lawmakers revved up about economic opportunities, while some members of the community are feeling less optimistic.

Nineteen-year-old Brandon Goodman pushed his way through Blytheville High School, only to find getting a job in his hometown was quite a struggle.

"You really have to know somebody or you really just have to bug them if you really want to work," said Goodman. "You really have to be determined to get a job, because if you're not, you do not have a chance."

The unemployment level is at 12% percent in Blytheville, a community of just over 25,000 people. Blytheville Mayor Barrett Harrison expects that number to decrease in the future with the coming of Denso International, an auto parts company coming to neighboring Osceola.

"There will be some spinoffs," said Harrison. "Other businesses are going to follow Denso International to Mississippi County Arkansas, which is going to create obviously more jobs."

Denso International is expected to create 500 new jobs by 2008.