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City workers feeling recession

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Unemployment rates were higher in August than a year earlier in all 372 metropolitan areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. Sixteen areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15 percent, while nine areas registered rates below 5 percent.

Among the 369 metropolitan areas for which non-farm payroll employment data were available, 356 areas reported over-the-year decreases in payroll employment, 11 reported increases and two had no change.

In August, 129 metropolitan areas reported jobless rates of at least 10 percent, up from 11 areas a year earlier, while 69 areas posted rates below 7 percent, down from 282 areas in Aug. 2008.

For the eighth consecutive month, all 372 metropolitan areas had over-the-year unemployment rate increases.

BLS reports Mississippi’s non-farm payroll last August stood at 1.108 million workers, down 33,900, or 3 percent, from Aug. 2008. Pascagoula was down 3.4 percent, Gulfport-Biloxi was down 2.8 percent, Hattiesburg was down 2.4 percent and Jackson was down 0.5 percent.

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