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Northeast Mississippi has lowest unemployment rate in years

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JACKSON — Northeast Mississippi has posted the lowest monthly jobless rate in 10 years. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the 16 counties in the region posted a collective unemployment rate of 5.1 percent in October. There were 11,490 people unemployed last month, down from 12,840 in September. The figures, provided by Mississippi Department of Employment Security, mark the lowest ...

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Mississippi unemployment rate falls as payrolls stay flat

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JACKSON — Mississippi’s unemployment rate kept falling in September, as more people reported finding jobs. The jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent from 6.3 percent in August, and was below September 2014’s 7.3 percent rate. The number of unemployed people fell even as the labor force grew, indicating the job market provided more new jobs than there were new job-seekers. ...

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Mississippi unemployment rate dips, but payrolls fall too

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JACKSON — Mississippi’s unemployment rate kept falling in August, although payrolls shrank. The jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent from 6.5 percent in July, and was below August 2014’s 7.4 percent rate. The number of unemployed people fell even as the labor force grew, indicating the job market provided more new jobs than there were new job-seekers. Mississippi remained above ...

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Mississippi payrolls grow strongly as jobless rate dips

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JACKSON — Mississippi’s employers flexed a little muscle in July, posting the state’s biggest payroll gain since before the recession. Combined with a slowly improving unemployment rate, the results suggest the Magnolia State could lose the labor market laggard status it’s struggled with even as the nation rebounded from the economic downturn. Payrolls rose by 5,800 last month, pushing year-over-year gains ...

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Job seekers push Mississippi unemployment rate to 6.7 percent

The Associated Press With people flooding into Mississippi’s labor force, the state’s job market couldn’t quite keep up in May. Mississippi’s unemployment rate crept up to 6.7 percent from 6.6 percent in April, ending five straight months of falling joblessness rates. The number of people who told surveyors they had a job increased by more than 6,000, but the unemployment ...

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State’s key economic indicators show slight strengthening

The performance of Mississippi’s economy in 2015 may hinge on growth in building permits, retail trade and consumer confidence offsetting a slowdown in U.S. manufacturing attributed to a stronger dollar, lower oil prices and bad weather. So say Mississippi state economists in the March issue of Mississippi’s Business, a monthly report on the state’s economy by the University Research Center ...

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Job numbers climb, but Mississippi keeps worst jobless rate

JACKSON — Here’s the good news: Mississippi’s job market in January had the strongest month in at least three years. But balance that with the bad: The state remained tied in January with Nevada for the highest unemployment rate of any state, and its struggling recovery has a long way to go before reaching pre-recession employment levels. The state’s jobless ...

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State's jobless rate falls slightly to 7.6 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell slightly in October to 7.6 percent, according to figures released by the U.S. Labor Department. The rate was down from 7.7 percent in September and from 7.9 percent in August. Mississippi had an 8.2 jobless rate in October 2013. The survey found that the number of Mississippians with a job fell by nearly ...

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Mississippi no longer has highest unemployment rate in nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi no longer has the highest unemployment rate in the nation in August, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department. The Mississippi unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent in August, breaking a string of three straight monthly increases. That’s compared to 8 percent in July and 8.6 percent in August 2013. Georgia had the ...

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State's jobless rate remains highest in U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s unemployment rate continued to go in the wrong direction in July, remaining the highest in the nation. The jobless rate rose to 8 percent in July, the third straight monthly increase, as the number of people reporting they had a job fell faster than the labor force. Mississippi’s unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in June, ...

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