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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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Saks or no Saks? Apparel retailer’s takeover by Hudson Bay causes jitters over Saks’ Jackson ops center

Canadian retail apparel giant Hudson Bay Co.’s $2.9 billion acquisition of Saks Fifth Avenue and its plan to trim $100 million (Canadian) in back office costs could have consequences for Saks’ longtime operations center in Jackson and its approximately 600 employees. Some of the anxiety in Jackson comes from Hudson Bay’s relocation of its information technology operations center from Toronto ...

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Bryant: Get government out of health care

JACKSON — Mississippi needs to pursue private investment in health care businesses to promote job creation and improve the quality of life, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant told an audience of about 700 people Thursday at a state chamber of commerce event. The state has long been one of the poorest in the nation, and it has some of the highest ...

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HARDWICK: It’s all about the jobs

“As I said in my inaugural address, my first job is to make sure every Mississippian has a job.” — Gov. Phil Bryant State of the State Address — Jan. 24, 2012   “So we should be doing everything we can as a country to create more good jobs that pay good wages. Period.” — President Barack Obama Remarks at ...

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State board ensures college programs are meeting workforce needs

Seven years ago the State Workforce Investment Board was established with a mission to help ensure a viable, well-trained workforce for Mississippi. The board is made up of a diverse group representing the various private sectors and public entities, especially public education, and works in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Jay Moon, president/CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers ...

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Jobs, unemployment rate both rise in February

The good news: The number of people working in Mississippi increased in February. The bad news: The unemployment rate also increased. Confused? “Although it may seem strange that the number of jobs and the unemployment rate can both move upward, the fact is that those two figures are calculated using two separate surveys by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,” ...

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