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Attributed to the influx of seasonal workers

Joblessness increases

The Mississippi Employment Security Commission (MESC) reported that the unemployment rate in Mississippi for last March was 5.2%, up from 4.4% in February. The rate increase was attributed to the influx of seasonal workers in agriculture, forestry and construction, as well as short-term layoffs across the state.

The unemployment rate was 5.8% in March 1998.

“The unemployment rate numbers for the first quarter of 1999 are below those of last year, and I think these improved numbers reflect the overall confidence there is in the economy,” said MESC executive director Thomas E. Lord.

Lafayette, Rankin and Oktibbeha Counties reported the lowest unemployment rate of 2%, with Sharkey seeing the highest joblessness at 22.3%.

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