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Facing deficit, city to layoff workers, freeze pay raises

CLINTON — The city of Clinton, faced with a year-end deficit and more than $400,000 in leftover expenses from 2013, is cutting its fiscal 2014 budget by more than $1.1 million. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the city will be laying off at least eight employees and giving no raises. Mayor Phil Fisher says the steps will give revenues a chance ...

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State's jobless rate drops half-point, but workforce decreased

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell by a half percentage point to 8.5 percent in July, hitting lowest level in more than four years, but only because the state’s labor force shrank. A separate survey showed state employer payrolls fell slightly. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes — were released today by the ...

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Kmart to close two Coast stores in November

WAVELAND and GULFPORT — Kmart has announced that it will be closing stores in Waveland and Gulfport in south Mississippi. The closings are scheduled for mid-November. The closings mean the only remaining Kmart location in South Mississippi will be on U.S. Highway 49 in Gulfport. Company officials specifically say that location will remain open. The Gulfport location has 52 employees ...

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State's unemployment rate falls a tenth of point

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 9 percent in June, as fewer people looked for work. A separate survey showed employer payrolls continue to grow in the state. The figures were released Thursday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in May and 9.2 percent in June 2012. ...

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Two WIN Job Centers to remain open despite federal cuts

IUKA and PHILADELPHIA — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security reports that the Iuka and Philadelphia WIN Job Centers will remain open for services. These centers will provide services two days each week. Iuka will be in the same location and Philadelphia will open in a new location at 1016 Saxton Airport Road. A complete listing of WIN Job center ...

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State's unemployment fell slightly in May; still second-highest ratre in nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 9.1 percent in May, and the state was tied with Illinois for the second-highest jobless rate in the nation. Figures were released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Mississippi unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in April and 9.4 percent in March. Nevada had the highest unemployment rate among ...

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Navistar shuttering plant; 80 workers left jobless

WEST POINT — Navistar Defense is suspending production at its plant in West Point. Navistar spokeswoman Lauren McFarland said in a statement that the 80 workers at the plant were notified today. McFarland says the decision came in response to across-the-board federal budget reductions known as the sequester that went into effect on March 1. “The sequester along with the ...

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Ceiling tile factory reopening after four years; to employ 100+

MERIDIAN — CertainTeed will reopen its ceiling tile factory in Meridian, hiring 110 employees by 2016. Gov. Phil Bryant and company officials made the announcement today at the company’s plant near Meridian’s Key Field airport. CertainTeed laid off 90 workers at the plant in 2009, citing a depressed construction market. A small number of sales and distribution employees were retained. ...

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Agency closing 13 WIN Job Centers due to budget cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security says that six full-time and seven part-time WIN Job Centers will close June 21. Executive director Mark Henry says in a news release today that the centers in Iuka and Newton will be open part-time. The cuts are part of across-the-board federal budget reductions that went into effect on March 1. ...

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State's jobless rate fell to 9.1 percent in April

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s unemployment rate dipped in April, but mainly because fewer people were looking for work. However, a separate survey of employer payrolls continued to rise, suggesting Mississippi’s slow climb out of recession continues. Both sets of figures were released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The jobless rate fell to 9.1 percent from 9.4 percent ...

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