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Cuts have taken a toll on employment centers

By now most everyone is familiar with the term “sequestration,” and some people are feeling its effects. In Mississippi sequestration has led to the closing of 12 WIN Job Centers and three becoming part-time centers. However, 43 WIN Job Centers remain open full time. The job centers are staffed and operated by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. As background, ...

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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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MDES monitoring availability of WIN Job Centers

As of last Thursday afternoon, the only WIN Job Center that had closed because of flooding was the part-time office in Rolling Fork. The Mississippi Department of Employment Security, which operates the state’s 55 Win Job Centers, closed the office May 9. MDES spokesperson LaRaye Brown said there was a possibility other offices, especially those in the Delta, would have ...

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Demands of solvency…

State trust for unemployment insurance raises taxable employee wage to $14,000 Mississippi employers who laid off workers in the first quarter have seen a doubling of the amount of wages for which they pay a state assessment for unemployment insurance. The taxable wage rose from $7,000 to $14,000 of each employee’s annual wages. The higher assessment base went into effect ...

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MDES reauthorization bill misses deadline

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) was in jeopardy after a bill reauthorizing the agency died under a deadline yesterday amid a fight to force Gov. Haley Barbour to accept $56 million in stimulus funding. House Labor Committee Chairman Rufus Straughter, D-Belzoni, didn’t bring the bill out for a vote in time to meet a legislative deadline ...

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Range will replace Favre at MDES

Deputy executive director for Department of Employment Securities takes over at month’s end   Tommye Dale Favre is retiring as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), ending a memorable six-year run. There have been sweeping changes at the MDES under Favre’s leadership. Fortunately, the agency’s new leader was there through all of those changes, and is ...

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Unemployment keeps rising

State up to 10.5 percent, three are over 20 percent   Mississippians looking for employment continue to far outnumber jobs available, according to the latest figures on unemployment released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The state’s unemployment rate rose to 10.5 percent in July, up from June’s 9.9 percent.  However, the seasonable adjusted rate was 9.7 percent, which ...

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