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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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Oxford software maker to hire 60 customer service workers

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OXFORD — A software company is hiring 60 people as part of an expansion. Next Gear Solutions, based in Oxford, is expanding to about 125 employees, it announced Tuesday. The company, which makes software that helps companies manage renovation and restoration projects, is hiring new customer service workers. The company plans to invest $59,000. The Mississippi Development Authority is contributing ...

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Job seekers push Mississippi unemployment rate to 6.7 percent

The Associated Press With people flooding into Mississippi’s labor force, the state’s job market couldn’t quite keep up in May. Mississippi’s unemployment rate crept up to 6.7 percent from 6.6 percent in April, ending five straight months of falling joblessness rates. The number of people who told surveyors they had a job increased by more than 6,000, but the unemployment ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — More jobs, but fewer with jobs, huh?

“Mississippi added 8,800 more jobs in 2014 than in 2013,” so noted Gov. Phil Bryant in his optimistic State of the State address last week. Over the same period, 16,700 fewer Mississippians had jobs. So says the same report that the governor’s figure came from.   Huh?   The Mississippi Department of Employment Security, as do its counterparts across 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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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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Bruce publisher elected president of Mississippi Press Association

BILOXI – The publisher of The Calhoun County Journal in Bruce was elected the 142nd president of the Mississippi Press Association during the newspaper trade group’s annual meeting on the gulf coast.  Joel McNeece, 44, will serve as president of MPA and Mississippi Press Services, Inc., an affiliated advertising and marketing service. McNeece and his wife, Lisa, and sister-in-law, Celia ...

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State study concludes minimum wage hike could clobber job market, slow economic growth

Putting significantly more money into the pockets of Mississippi’s lowest paid workers through a minimum  wage increase to $10.10 an hour could actually deal a hard blow to the state’s jobs picture, personnel income levels and a key indicator of economic health, Gross Domestic Product. So says a report by the University Research Center of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher ...

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State's unemployment rate falls slightly to 7.4 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate ticked down to 7.4 percent in January, as a few more people found jobs. A separate survey shows state employer payrolls falling slightly. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes — were released yesterday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. It’s the lowest state jobless rate since October ...

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