Posts Tagged ‘employment’

State’s jobless rate falls slightly to 7.6 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell slightly in October to 7.6 percent, according to figures released by the U.S. Labor Department. The rate was down from 7.7 percent in September and from 7.9 percent in August. Mississippi had an 8.2 jobless rate in October 2013. The survey found that the number of Mississippians with […] [...]

Mars Food expanding Delta plant; investing $31M and adding jobs

GREENVILLE — Mars Food, which makes Uncle Ben’s Rice and other products at its Greenville plant, will invest $31 million to modernize operations and expand research at the plant. The company plans to add 25 jobs to the current 226 full-time and 230 contract workers at the 35-year-old operation. New production workers are expected to […] [...]

NRF predicts merrier holiday shopping season for retailers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a turbulent start to 2014, the National Retail Federation says it expects sales in November and December (excluding autos, gas and restaurant sales) to increase 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion, higher than 2013’s actual 3.1 percent increase during that same time frame. Holiday sales on average have grown 2.9 percent over […] [...]

Economist: State’s economy expanding, but jobs are not

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s economy is gradually growing stronger, but the state still has 44,000 fewer jobs now than it did before the recession, state economist Darrin Webb told legislative budget writers Friday. Employment numbers in the state have been up in some months and down in others. “What you see is sort of […] [...]

Manufacturing index shows stronger August for goods-makers

KENNESAW, Ga. — Southeast manufacturing activity saw a rebound in August, reversing an 8.5-point slide in June and July, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. The Southeast PMI for August increased 5.6 points to 56.7, moving it […] [...]

Intuit: Mississippi had second-highest increase in small business employment in U.S. last month

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Intuit’s August Small Business Indexes, a monthly report providing unique and almost real-time insight into employment and revenue trends of the nation’s small businesses with fewer than 20 employees, showed that small business employment increased 0.01 percent in August. The data is based on approximately 242,000 small businesses customers of Intuit Online […] [...]

State’s jobless rate remains highest in U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s unemployment rate continued to go in the wrong direction in July, remaining the highest in the nation. The jobless rate rose to 8 percent in July, the third straight monthly increase, as the number of people reporting they had a job fell faster than the labor force. Mississippi’s unemployment rate […] [...]

Philips Lighting expanding, adding 50 new jobs

TUPELO — Philips Lighting Co. will add 50 new jobs in a $2 million expansion of operations at its facility in Tupelo. The company says in a news release that it is expanding its product lines to include incorporating LED technology made at the company’s San Jose, California, facility into the Tupelo facility’s production line-up. […] [...]

TVA cutting 2,000-plus jobs in massive cost-saving effort

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The nation’s largest public utility is eliminating more than 2,000 jobs as part of a $500 million cost-cutting campaign. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Tennessee Valley Authority is making the cuts this year to pare expenses and make electric rates in the Tennessee Valley more competitive with neighboring utilities. Most […] [...]

State’s jobless rate increases to 7.7 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s unemployment rate in May was tied with Kentucky’s for the nation’s fourth-highest. But that 7.7 percent rate was still well below Mississippi’s 9 percent rate a year earlier. The national unemployment rate remained stable from April to May at 6.3 percent, while Mississippi’s rose from 7.5 percent. Preliminary data in […] [...]

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