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Judge: Ex-city manager was victim of political vendetta

DIAMONDHEAD — An administrative law judge has found that former Diamondhead city manager Richard Rose was a victim of a political vendetta in the coastal city. “His political bosses used him as a pawn in their schemes to wrangle a little more power for themselves or deprive their rivals of that power,” Judge Nathan Nyberg with the Mississippi Department of ...

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Cochran issues statement on unemployment benefits standoff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has issued a statement regarding the latest series of votes regarding Senate legislation to extend jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed. “The economy posted its weakest job growth in three years and all Senators should have an opportunity to fully debate and vote on ideas that could help put more Americans to ...

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State's unemployment rate fell slightly in March

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate dipped in March, as more people found jobs and fewer people sought them. The decrease came after two months of increases. The report by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics lined up with a separate survey showing employer payrolls continue to creep up in Mississippi. The jobless rate fell to 9.4 percent from 9.6 ...

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State's joblessness rate falls to single digits, lowest since July 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent in February, the lowest level since July 2009. Jobless figures for January had first appeared to dip to 9.9 percent in preliminary numbers, but later were revised up to 10 percent. The state recorded a 10.2 percent unemployment rate in February 2011. The number of unemployed people fell to 128,000 ...

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Unemployment rate falls below 10 percent for first time since 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 9.9 percent in January, as the number of people with jobs rose. It’s the first time unemployment has dipped below 10 percent in the state since September 2009. The jobless rate was down from 10.4 percent in December and 10.5 percent in January 2011. Despite the decrease, Mississippi had the fifth-highest jobless ...

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MDES recovers $12.6M in unemployment insurance crackdown

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Less than two months into an unemployment insurance crackdown going back 80 years, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security has recovered $12.6 million in benefits collected by people who also were earning paychecks. More than 29,000 state residents owe a total of $34 million, department spokesman Les Range told The Clarion Ledger. The most common offenders are ...

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State collects $7.3M in crackdown on unemployment fraud

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state of Mississippi has collected $7.3 million thus far from its efforts to crackdown on unemployment fraud. Mark Henry, executive director of Mississippi Department of Employment Security, says the money came from people caught collecting unemployment benefits while working. The recovered funds will go to the Unemployment Benefits Trust Fund. The fund provides benefits to those ...

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MDES scrambles to issue emergency benefits

JACKSON — After the latest unemployment legislation was enacted Dec. 17, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) reports it began processing claims for those due emergency benefits. By the morning of Dec. 20, 6,309 Mississippians were paid. Payments totaled $2 million. Deposits were made either to agency-issued debit cards or to bank accounts. “Our staff worked Friday night, Saturday ...

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U.S. unemployment claims down, but job picture still unclear

WASHINGTON — First-time requests for unemployment benefits may have fallen last week, but what that will mean for the nation’s jobless rate isn’t so clear. New requests for jobless benefits have fallen by 54,000, or about 11 percent, in the past month. That drop followed a spike in claims to 504,000 in the week ending Aug. 14, which sparked fears ...

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U.S. unemployment claims decrease

WASHINGTON — In the week ending Sept. 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims in the U.S. was 450,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 464,750, a decrease of 13,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the ...

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