A Time of Reckoning was a report created for the Mississippi State Legislature's Special Task force for the Revitalization of the Delta Region. Over the last 40 years, the economic situation in the Mississippi Delta has been resistant to change, leaving it one of the poorest areas in the nation. Unemployment is high in the region even during the best of times: from 2001 until 2007, unemployment fluctuated between 8 percent and 10 percent. Almost 18 percent of those living in the Delta lack a high school education, and the college attainment rate is low. The report puts forward a framework for change and investment in the Delta, which, with the organization of state and local leadership, could lead to a different situation for the Delta.