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Joblessness rates at record low in Mississippi, 3 other states

Employers added a significant number of jobs in nine states last month, and unemployment rates in four states fell to record lows. The Labor Department says the states with the largest percentage gains in jobs were Alaska, Alabama and Louisiana. The nation’s capital, Washington D.C., recorded an even larger gain. Overall, the figures suggest that steady, if slower, hiring this ...

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Mississippi jobless rate falls to lowest level since 1976

Mississippi unemployment fell to 5 percent in March, tying the lowest level since the current survey began in 1976. That’s down from 5.2 percent in February and 6 percent a year ago. It’s the 10th month Mississippi has dipped to 5 percent, including six months in 1999 and three in 2000. Some earlier surveys show Mississippi had lower jobless rates ...

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Hiring rises in 11 US states last month, gains widely spread

Hiring picked up in 11 states last month compared with January and was mostly unchanged in the other 39, as stronger U.S. job gains benefited most of the country. Still, pockets of weakness remained. Job gains in February were most robust in states outside the coastal regions that have fared the best since the Great Recession, the Labor Department report showed. The ...

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Mississippi jobless rate stays low, payrolls rise slightly

Mississippi’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent in January, while payrolls rose slightly. The jobless rate was also 5.5 percent in December, but fell from 6.1 percent in January 2016. More people entered the workforce and more found jobs. The number of unemployed Mississippians rose slightly, to about 72,000, as more people began looking for jobs than found them. ...

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Mississippi jobless rate dips in December, but payrolls dive

Two surveys tell different stories about Mississippi’s job market in December. The unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent, its lowest level since January 2004. But employer payrolls took a sharp dive. Mississippi’s jobless rate fell from 5.7 percent in November and was below the 6.8 percent of December 2015. More people entered the workforce, more found jobs, and the number ...

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Mississippi jobless rate falls in November as payrolls flat

Mississippi’s November unemployment rate was its lowest since February 2004, even as payrolls remained stagnant. The state’s jobless rate fell to 5.7 percent from 5.9 percent in October, and was below the 6.6 percent rate a year earler. People reporting jobs rose, while unemployed people fell to 73,000, also lowest since 2004. State payrolls fell less than 1,000 to 1.14 ...

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Mississippi jobless rate falls in October, payrolls fall

October sent mixed signals in Mississippi’s labor market, with unemployment improving but payrolls worsening. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent from 6 percent in September, and was below October 2015’s 6.5 percent. The number of workers and people reporting jobs rose strongly, and people unemployed fell below 75,000 for the first time since 2004. Mississippi had September’s fifth-highest ...

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Stocks come roaring back

Stocks plunged right after the May jobs report showed that employers hired the fewest people in six years. But with about 90 minutes left in the trading session, the major indexes had regained much of their losses. The Dow was down 30 points (0.17 percent) near 2:34 p.m. ET after losing as many as 139 points earlier. The S&P 500 was down 5 points ...

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Mississippi unemployment rate and payrolls both dip in April

Mississippi’s jobless rate fell to 6 percent in April as people exited the labor force. It’s the state’s lowest unemployment rate since January 2008, on the Great Recession’s cusp. Mississippi’s jobless rate dropped for the fourth straight month, down from 6.3 percent in March and 6.5 percent in April 2015. Mississippi had the seventh-highest jobless rate among states in March, ...

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Applications for US jobless benefits rise to still-low level

WASHINGTON — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the figure remained at a low level that suggests layoffs aren’t widespread. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department says weekly applications rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 272,000. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, declined 1,250 to 272,000. The number of people collecting benefits has declined 4.9 percent in ...

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