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Metro unemployment rates remain high

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The unemployment rate rose in more than two-thirds of the nation’s 372 largest metro areas in November, the Labor Department said yesterday. That’s a sharp reversal from the previous month and the most to report an increase in five months.

In Mississippi, the unemployment in Gulfport-Biloxi was 8.6 percent in Nov. 2010, unchanged from Oct. 2010 but up from the 7.9 percent posted in Nov. 2009.

Hattiesburg had a jobless rate of 8 percent in Nov. 2010, down from 8.1 percent in Oct. 2010 but up slightly from Nov. 2009’s 7.9 percent.

Jackson recorded an unemployment rate in Nov. 2010 of 7.8 percent, down a tenth of a point from Oct. 2010 but up two-tenths of a point from Nov. 2009.

Pascagoula’s Nov. 2010 unemployment rate was 9.6 percent, up from 9.3 percent in Oct. 2010, the state’s only metro area to post a month-over-month increase. The city’s jobless rate was 8.9 percent in Nov. 2009.

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