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State's unemployment rate falls with labor force losses

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 8 percent in December, as people continued to drop out of the labor force. A separate survey showed state employer payrolls rising slowly, painting an overall picture of a state economy slowly continuing to improve, but still lagging the national recovery. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal ...

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Mill to be shuttered; nearly 80 workers affected

NATCHEZ — A Natchez plant will shut down operations at its plant near the Natchez-Adams County Port. The Natchez Democrat reports Mississippi River Pulp (formerly Mississippi River Corporation) will close down its recycled fiber mill effective Oct. 31. The closure, which company officials said is due to lack of demand, will affect 79 hourly and salaried workers. An employee who ...

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State leads nation in decline in unemployment assistance

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week to 339,000, the fewest since February 2008. If sustained, the lower level could signal stronger hiring. The state data are for the week ended Sept. 29, one week behind the national data. States with the biggest declines were: • Mississippi: Down 3,393, no reason given • Michigan: ...

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State leads nation in increase in unemployment applications

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, a level consistent with only modest hiring. The state data are for the week ended Sept. 22, one week behind the national data. States with the biggest increases are: • Mississippi: Up 3,314, due to people unable to work because of Hurricane Isaac • ...

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MDES offering unemployment assistance to Isaac victims

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Individuals in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River Counties in Mississippi who were unable to work because of Hurricane Isaac may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced. People who live or work in one of the affected counties and could not work because of major destruction caused by Hurricane ...

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Sitel Corp. laying off dozens of workers at call center

Starkville — Sitel Corp. will lay off up to 58 workers from its Starkville call center in September. Based in Nashville, Tenn., Sitel employs nearly 500 people at the Starkville call center. The company does contract work for other companies. Spokesman Andrew Kokes said the people being laid off handled a specialized technical support contract. He said the employees were ...

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Unemployment rate falls below 10 percent for first time since 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 9.9 percent in January, as the number of people with jobs rose. It’s the first time unemployment has dipped below 10 percent in the state since September 2009. The jobless rate was down from 10.4 percent in December and 10.5 percent in January 2011. Despite the decrease, Mississippi had the fifth-highest jobless ...

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