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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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Retailers hire fewer seasonal workers than expected

The National Retail Federation reports retailers’ hiring actions may bode well for the holiday shopping season, though the employment numbers missed previous forecasts. NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said, “The nation’s retailers continued to add to their payrolls in December even in the midst of the condensed holiday shopping season. Retailers and merchants, especially those operating clothing and general ...

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NFIB survey: Small business owners uncertain about future

JACKSON — Small-business optimism remained flat in August, dropping 0.1 points from July for a final reading of 94.0, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). While the total reading showed essentially no change over the month prior, a look at the individual indicators reveals incongruent details. Job creation plans leapt to a level not seen since before ...

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Mayor issues hiring freeze as city faces budget deficit

CLINTON — Clinton’s mayor has ordered a hiring freeze and a hold on all major expenditures except for emergencies as the city tries to whittle down a predicted $259,000 budget deficit. The Clarion-Ledger reports Clinton officials recently learned of the looming deficit, which could grow or shrink depending on incoming revenues to the city between now and the end of ...

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City enacts one-year hiring freeze; faces a $1.1M deficit

VICKSBURG — The city of Vicksburg has implemented a 12-month hiring freeze. The Vicksburg Post reports that the city is faced with a projected $1.1 million deficit when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen said the action is an attempt to prevent dipping into the city’s cash reserves. City accounting director Doug Whittington ...

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NFIB survey finds optimism in economy rising, but…

WASHINGTON — After last month’s disappointing drop in small-business confidence, April’s Index of Small Business Optimism from the National Federation of Independent Business rose 2.6 points to 92.1, just above the recovery average of 90.7. In April’s report, four Index components rose, two fell and six were unchanged. Yet pessimism abounds within the sector, as still far more of those ...

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New hospital now hiring; set to open in August

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch’s new hospital is seeking applicants for leadership positions as it moves toward an August a summer opening. The Commercial Appeal reports Methodist Hospital intends to continue hiring through spring and into the summer months. The hospital expects to hire about 240 people to work at the 100-bed hospital, which is under construction near U.S. Highway ...

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Judge sets opt-out deadline for discrimination lawsuit

LAUREL — A federal judge has set an opt-out deadline of Nov. 29 for those eligible for part of a proposed, $1.3-million class-action settlement alleging discriminatory hiring practices at Howard Industries, which was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants. The discrimination was filed by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to ...

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GE Aviation to begin hiring for composites plant

ELLISVILLE — GE Aviation will begin taking applications Nov. 5 for its new Ellisville-based composites factory. The unit of General Electric Co. made the announcement last week as Gov. Phil Bryant visited the nearly completed plant. The company expects to hire 250 workers within five years to make composite parts for aircraft engines and systems. Positions will be posted with ...

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State's joblessness rate falls to single digits, lowest since July 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent in February, the lowest level since July 2009. Jobless figures for January had first appeared to dip to 9.9 percent in preliminary numbers, but later were revised up to 10 percent. The state recorded a 10.2 percent unemployment rate in February 2011. The number of unemployed people fell to 128,000 ...

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