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MDOT cutting more than 40 jobs in Right-of-Way Division

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation is eliminating 44 jobs in its Right-of-Way Division. Jason Scott, spokesman for MDOT, says the workers in the Appraisals and Titles section of the Right-of-Way Division were notified this past week. He says workers will be employed with the DOT until January. MDOT officials say no other layoffs are planned. A majority of ...

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Employers added 6,000 jobs in September; unemployment rate falls

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s employers added 6,000 jobs to their payrolls in September and the state’s unemployment rate fell again, although it remains the second-highest in the nation. The state’s jobless rate fell to 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 percent in August and 8.4 percent in September 2013. The decrease was driven by people stopping job searches, with fewer ...

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Baptist Memorial Healthcare lays off workers at two hospitals

BOONEVILLE and NEW ALBANY — Baptist Memorial Healthcare is laying off workers at its Booneville and New Albany hospitals in Mississippi in cost reduction plan. Overall, the Memphis-based hospital system is eliminating 112 jobs from its 15,000-person workforce. Eleven workers will be laid off at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville and three at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. There were ...

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Mississippi no longer has highest unemployment rate in nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi no longer has the highest unemployment rate in the nation in August, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department. The Mississippi unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent in August, breaking a string of three straight monthly increases. That’s compared to 8 percent in July and 8.6 percent in August 2013. Georgia had the ...

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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 a separate survey indicated Mississippi ...

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Biofuel manufacturer KiOR begins layoffs at Columbus plant

COLUMBUS — Biofuel maker KiOR is laying off employees as it idles its Mississippi refinery, intensifying questions about the future of the cash-strapped company. The company said yesterday that it has cut 18 employees. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, said 55 employees remain at the Columbus plant. “Given the company’s limited cash flow, we do anticipate additional layoffs as we ...

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Report: U.S. small business hiring soared in May

U.S. small businesses added 35,000 jobs in May, the largest monthly increase in more than a year, according to Intuit Inc. The increase is triple the average of 12,000 new jobs per month that have been added since the small business recovery began in April 2010. In addition, employees worked longer hours and made more money during the month. Small ...

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Construction industry adds workers, but…

There are signs that the nation’s construction industry is rebounding, but it will take a while before it fully recovers, according to one building trade association. Construction employment expanded in 195 metro areas, declined in 90 and was stagnant in 54 between January 2013 and January 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated ...

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Silver Airways, union hammer out pilot agreement

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Silver Airways and its pilots, represented by the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224 (Local 1224) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division (IBTAD), have reached an agreement that will help address pilot shortages at the airline and provide Silver’s pilots with pay increases and quality of life improvements, according to a joint ...

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State rolls out new interactive Mississippi Works program

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi has unveiled an interactive resource to pair employers and jobs through the Internet and mobile applications. Gov. Phil Bryant and employment and industry officials announced the launch of the Mississippi Works program yesterday. A website combines an integrated iPhone and Android mobile applications into a real-time, web-based system to help job seekers search for ...

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