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Time running out on learning new way to manage overtime

By BECKY GILLETTE Starting Dec. 1, an estimated 4.2 million salaried workers in the U.S., including 40,000 in Mississippi, will no longer be exempt from U.S. Department of Labor overtime regulations. “That is a large number of folks to educate in a short period of time,” said Jennifer G. Hall, a shareholder with Baker Donelson in Jackson who practices law ...

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Mississippi payrolls rise in August, jobless rate stays flat

Mississippi’s labor market was flat in September, with unemployment and payrolls steady. The state’s unemployment rate remained at 6 percent for third straight month, but was below September 2015’s 6.4 percent. The number of workers and people reporting jobs each rose slightly. The number of unemployed people remained at 76,000. Mississippi had September’s fourth-highest jobless rate among states, with Alaska ...

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Mississippi payrolls rise in July, but jobless rate ticks up

Employers added workers to Mississippi payrolls in July, reversing three months of losses, but the jobless rate rose slightly. Mississippi’s unemployment rate rose to 6 percent from 5.9 percent in June. That’s below July 2015’s 6.3 percent rate. The workforce and number of people reporting jobs fell, and the number of unemployed people was flat at 76,000. Mississippi had June’s ...

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Southeast manufacturng rises; Mississippi’s drops

MBJ staff Southeast manufacturing activity improved in June after three consecutive months of decline, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index  report released Monday by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. June’s Southeast PMI of 55.1 is driven up by a sharp 9.3-point increase for new orders and a 8.9-point increase for production. This month’s ...

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Mississippi jobless rate dips in April

JACKSON — Mississippi’s jobless rate dipped in April to 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate was down from 6.8 percent in March, 7 percent in February and 7.1 percent in January. The jobless rate was 7.8 percent in April 2014. Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate in April, 2.5 percent. Nevada had the highest rate among the states, 7.1 percent. The ...

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US gains 252K jobs; unemployment rate falls to 5.6 pct.

WASHINGTON — The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 252,000 jobs last month and 50,000 ...

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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 a job fell by nearly ...

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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 make $31,000 a year, while ...

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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 the past 10 years, including ...

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