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State's unemployment rate rises slightly

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Sluggish job growth remained the rule in Mississippi last month as the state’s unemployment rate jumped slightly.

The Department of Employment Security says that the state added 5,200 non-farm jobs in February — on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Mississippi had 13,200 more jobs in February than in Feb. 2010, for a 1.2 percent growth rate.

The count from Jan. 2010 to 2011 rose by 13,000 jobs.

Mississippi’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for February was 10.2 percent, up from 10.1 percent in January. The national unemployment rate for February was 8.9 percent, down from 9 percent in January.

Source: Associated Press

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