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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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Northeast Mississippi has lowest unemployment rate in years

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

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

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

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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