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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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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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