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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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What should Gov. Bryant talk about in State of State address?

As he begins his second year in office, Gov. Phil Bryant will talk directly to lawmakers at the State Capitol and to the Mississippi people via broadcast in his annual State of the State address tomorrow evening. We’ve polled our readers and asked them which of four topics they most wanted to hear the governor address. So far, just over ...

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Teleflex bringing distribution center to DeSoto County

OLIVE BRANCH — Medical equipment maker Teleflex Inc. is locating a distribution center in Olive Branch. The Limerick, Pa.-based company says it expects to employ 225 workers within four years of operation. The company will locate into an existing 627,000-square-foot facility. The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance through the Momentum Mississippi Incentives program and guidance on available tax incentives to ...

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Genesis Energy to create new jobs for handling of dilbit

NATCHEZ — Genesis Energy L.P. says it plans to create 20 jobs in Adams County to handle the transportation of a product made from bitumen. The Natchez Democrat reports the Houston, Texas-based company is partnering with Southern Pacific Resource Corp. to transport dilbit, a combination of diluent and bitumen, to Gulf Coast refineries. The newspaper reports that Southern Pacific mines ...

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Housing organization's funding cuts could cost police jobs

NATCHEZ — Dramatic funding cuts for the Natchez Housing Authority have caused the authority to cut spending, which could include $60,000 for salaries of two Natchez police officers. Director Alan Ingram tells The Natchez Democrat the authority has paid the city $60,000 for several years for two extra patrol officers to provide security at the properties it operates. Ingram said ...

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Magazine awards Silver Shovel to MDA for job creation

JACKSON — Area Development magazine, an economic development publication covering site selection and facility planning, has awarded Mississippi a 2012 Silver Shovel Award. Now in their seventh year, Area Development’s annual Shovel Awards recognize state economic development agencies that drive significant job creation through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes and promotions that attract new businesses and investments in new and ...

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General Atomics breaks ground for plant expansion

SHANNON — General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA EMS) broke ground today on an expansion to its existing 127,000-square-foot facility in Shannon. The expansion project represents a $12 million corporate investment and will create 25 additional direct jobs over the next three years, according to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). From its Shannon location in Lee County, General Atomics manufactures, ...

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MNI reports state's industrial workforce grew by half-percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Industrial employment in Mississippi increased by about a half percent over the past 12 months, according to the 2012 Mississippi Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News Inc. (MNI) of Evanston, Ill. MNI reports Mississippi gained 694 industrial jobs between February 2011 and February 2012. Mississippi is now home to 3,019 manufacturers employing 171,615 ...

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