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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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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 sputtering growth in employment,” Webb ...

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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 closer to the national average ...

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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 Payroll and QuickBooks Online Payroll, ...

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