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February rate in Mississippi was 4.4%

Mississippi joblessness falls

The Mississippi Employment Security Commission (MESC) said the unemployment rate for February in Mississippi was 4.4%, down from 5.8% in January. The state’s average was lower than the national average for February at 4.7%.

The MESC said 2,300 new jobs were added in wholesale and retail trade, while construction added 500 and education 1,200. Overall 1,218,000 Mississippians were employed in Mississippi.

Lafayette County led the state with a 1.2% joblessness rate. Rankin boasted 1.7% and DeSoto 2.1%. Sharkey suffered the highest unemployment at 23.3%.

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