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State's jobless rate increases to 7.7 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s unemployment rate in May was tied with Kentucky’s for the nation’s fourth-highest. But that 7.7 percent rate was still well below Mississippi’s 9 percent rate a year earlier. The national unemployment rate remained stable from April to May at 6.3 percent, while Mississippi’s rose from 7.5 percent. Preliminary data in a separate survey indicated Mississippi ...

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Chromcraft Revington shuttering factory

SENATOBIA — A furniture factory that was once had more than 1,000 employees in Senatobia is closing. Chromcraft Revington laid off as many as 200 employees earlier this month, leaving the furniture maker and distributor with about 30 employees to wind down its operations. E.E. Wang, a spokeswoman for the company, said that the company’s primary lender demanded repayment of ...

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Mississippi job market improves slightly in April

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent in April, as more people found jobs despite a falling labor force. A separate survey showed employers added 5,000 people to their payrolls in April, reversing four months of declines. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes — were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department. ...

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MDES: Unemployment Insurance available to storm victims

JACKSON — Anyone temporarily or permanently unemployed as a result of this week’s storms may apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits on the Mississippi Department of Employment Security’s website at mdes.ms.gov. Each claim will be verified using regular processes to determine individual eligibility. All WIN Job Centers are open and computers are available for individuals to use for filing UI claims ...

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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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