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Wholesaler moving to Columbia, creating 20 jobs

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MBJ Staff Nelson Wholesale Service Inc. is locating a pet food and product distribution operation to Columbia in Marion County, investing $2 million and creating 20 jobs. Nelson Wholesale is moving distribution from Hammond, La., and will begin operation in December in a 100,000-square-foot facility previously occupied by Orleans Furniture. Nelson is based in Brownwood, Texas. “We are extremely excited ...

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Milwaukee Tool invests $1.5 million, adds 75 jobs

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By JACK WEATHERLY The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. is adding 75 jobs and investing $1.5 million in its Greenwood plant. The expansion will bring total employment to 583, according to a Friday release. That solidifies its position as the largest manufacturer in Greenwood and Leflore County, putting distance between it and home-grown Viking Range, whose employment was 421 a year ...

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Oxford readies effort to replace departing Caterpillar

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By JACK WEATHERLY Oxford already has its net out to snag a tenant when Caterpillar Inc. flies away. “Project Butterfly,” a play on the departing manufacturer’s name, is what the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation, calls its effort. “It’s a mission to (fill) the Caterpillar facility as rapidly as possible,” Jon Maynard, president and chief executive of the foundation, said in ...

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Mississippi jobless rate down to 6.3 percent for February, payrolls rise

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Mississippi’s jobless rate kept falling in March, with more people finding jobs even as the labor force shrank slightly. The unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent from 6.5 percent in February, the third straight decline. That’s also below the 6.5 percent rate in March 2015. Mississippi had the fourth-highest jobless rate among states in March, with Alaska recording the nation’s ...

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UPDATE: Gulfport jobs creation done under two pacts

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By JACK WEATHERLY TopShip LLC promised to create 1,000 jobs at the Port of Gulfport, part of what was hailed earlier this month as the single biggest day in economic development in the state’s history. Gov. Phil Bryant has said that the 1,000 jobs would largely meet an agreement reached during Haley Barbour’s administration to create 1,300 jobs in exchange ...

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Mississippi jobless rate jumps as more people seeking work

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JACKSON — Mississippi’s unemployment rate jumped in December as the economy didn’t generate enough jobs to absorb more people looking for work. The jobless rate rose to 6.4 percent from 6 percent in November, as the increasing number of job-seekers outstripped the number of new people reporting having a job for the second month in a row. That pushed up ...

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US employers advertise more job openings in September

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WASHINGTON — Employers advertised more job openings in September but hiring was essentially unchanged. Job openings rose 2.8 percent to 5.53 million in September, up from 5.38 million in August, the Labor Department said Thursday. Hiring slipped to 5.05 million from 5.08 million the prior month. The report indicates a relatively healthy U.S. job market that is weathering the pressures ...

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Mississippi payrolls grow strongly as jobless rate dips

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JACKSON — Mississippi’s employers flexed a little muscle in July, posting the state’s biggest payroll gain since before the recession. Combined with a slowly improving unemployment rate, the results suggest the Magnolia State could lose the labor market laggard status it’s struggled with even as the nation rebounded from the economic downturn. Payrolls rose by 5,800 last month, pushing year-over-year gains ...

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Baldwyn plant to add 60 jobs

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Associated Press Foam-maker FXI says it will invest $700,000 to expand is Baldwyn factory, adding at least 60 employees to the current 60. The company, based in Media, Pa., said Monday it has won new health-care business and will add automated equipment to  increase production. The Mississippi Development Authority contributed a $35,000 grant to help expand FXI’s storage and staging area, ...

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Mississippi joblessness drops in June

Associated Press Mississippi’s unemployment rate dipped in June despite weakness in employer payrolls. The joblessness rate fell to 6.6 percent from 6.7 percent in May, and from 7.6 percent in June 2014. A months-long pattern of decreasing unemployment resumed, after May’s rate rose. The number of people with jobs increased, as well as the number of people in the labor ...

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