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State's unemployment rate falls slightly to 7.4 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate ticked down to 7.4 percent in January, as a few more people found jobs. A separate survey shows state employer payrolls falling slightly. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes — were released yesterday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. It’s the lowest state jobless rate since October ...

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State's unemployment rate falls with labor force losses

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 8 percent in December, as people continued to drop out of the labor force. A separate survey showed state employer payrolls rising slowly, painting an overall picture of a state economy slowly continuing to improve, but still lagging the national recovery. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal ...

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Bryant's State of the State focuses on jobs, education

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant presented a generally optimistic outlook about Mississippi during his State of the State address, focusing on job creation and saying he believes the state can improve its academic performance with charter schools and merit pay for teachers. Republican Bryant, who’s beginning his third year as governor, said he wants to hire more Highway Patrol troopers, ...

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Heritage Home closing furniture plants

SALTILLO — Heritage Home Group, LLC said yesterday that it will close furniture plants in Saltillo and Thomasville, N.C., as part of a post-bankruptcy restructuring. Heritage told the Mississippi Department of Employment Security that it would cut 480 jobs in Saltillo by March 21. The plant near Tupelo makes upholstered reclining furniture under the Lane name. Heritage told the North ...

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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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Pharmaceutical maker lays off workers; could owe state money

DEKALB — A Kemper County drug maker has laid off about 75 employees, leaving questions about its future and whether it has to repay economic development money. Pharma Pac LLC made the layoffs Dec. 19, according to a notice filed with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Kemper County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Craig Hitt said the DeKalb company ...

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WHAT'S NEXT? Community concerned about Viking Range layoffs

GREENWOOD — Viking Range Corp. has had another round of layoffs, including some in management, in a move that took Greenwood officials and residents by surprise. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that estimates for the latest layoffs ranged from 25 to 75. Attempts to reach representatives of The Middleby Corp., a Chicago-based company which bought Viking at the end of last ...

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Tupelo hospital lays off more than 100 workers

TUPELO — North Mississippi Health Services in Tupelo has laid off 109 employees. A statement from a NMHS says the cuts are across the board. The hospital has declined to give specific numbers or positions being eliminated. Chief medical officer Dr. Mark Williams says the reductions were prompted by the ongoing shift from inpatient to outpatient care, declining government reimbursements ...

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Georgia-Pacific closing Delaware plant; shifting operation here

DOVER, Del. — Georgia-Pacific says it is closing a packaging facility in Harrington by the end of the year, leaving about 95 workers without jobs. The privately held company says operations at the Delaware Color-Box facility will be consolidated at other packaging facilities in Indiana and Mississippi. Georgia-Pacific, an Atlanta-based paper, packaging and building products company, also said this week ...

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Furnituremaker files for bankruptcy, to lay off nearly 1,500 workers

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — A financially troubled St. Louis, Mo., furniture company that operates several facilities in Mississippi is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is set to lay off its 1,451-person workforce in the state. Furniture Brands International designs, manufactures and markets furniture under a variety of notable brand names, including Broyhill and Thomasville. Its Lane Furniture division operates manufacturing ...

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