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Health officials trying to save jobs

JACKSON — Top officials at the Mississippi State Department of Health say they’re trying to prevent layoffs for 41 employees and 41 contract workers who were part of a program to help women with high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Mary Currier, the state health officer, said Friday that the social workers were told April 15 their jobs could be eliminated July 1. ...

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State's unemployment rate fell slightly in March

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate dipped in March, as more people found jobs and fewer people sought them. The decrease came after two months of increases. The report by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics lined up with a separate survey showing employer payrolls continue to creep up in Mississippi. The jobless rate fell to 9.4 percent from 9.6 ...

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Most Southern cities see drop in unemployment rates

SOUTHERN U.S. — Unemployment rates fell in more than 80 percent of large U.S. cities in February from January, suggesting that strong hiring that month benefited the vast majority of the country. The Labor Department says rates fell in 311 of the nation’s 372 largest metro areas. They rose in 45 and were unchanged in 16. Nationwide, employers added 268,000 ...

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Airport tower manager, crew to be out of work

TUPELO — Despite a temporary reprieve, Doug Metz and his four co-workers still face unemployment. Metz is the air traffic control manager at Tupelo Regional Airport, where the tower is among 149 across the country being closed by the Federal Aviation Administration on June 15. An air traffic controller with more than 30 years of experience, Metz has been working ...

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Glove manufacturer losses contract, laying off workers

EUPORA — A Eupora manufacturer says the loss of a military contract will lead to layoffs. Officials with Ansell Hawkeye Inc. tell WTVA-TV in Tupelo the layoffs will begin May 9. The company, which employees 100 workers at the Webster County facility, says they expect to permanently layoff as many as 60 production workers. Production includes combat gloves and utility ...

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Mississippi unemployment highest in the nation

Unemployment rates fell in 22 U.S. states in February from January, a sign that hiring gains are benefiting many parts of the country, says a story from the Associated Press. Mississippi’s rate remains stubbornly high, rising to 9.6 in February to atop the national average. Neighboring Alabama’s rate had been in decline until February, when it from 6.9 in January ...

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Jobs, unemployment rate both rise in February

The good news: The number of people working in Mississippi increased in February. The bad news: The unemployment rate also increased. Confused? “Although it may seem strange that the number of jobs and the unemployment rate can both move upward, the fact is that those two figures are calculated using two separate surveys by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,” ...

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January unemployment jumped more than half-percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment jumped to 9.3 percent in January, wiping out almost a year’s worth of job gains. The state’s unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in December and 10 percent rate in January 2012. The number of people who reported having a job fell even as the state’s labor force shrank. Mississippi reported 141,000 unemployed people in December, ...

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Blazon Tube shuttering plant in April

WEST POINT — Twenty-five people will lose their jobs when a welded steel tubing production company shuts down April 1 in West Point. The Daily Times Leader reports Blazon Tube Co. had 75 employees at one time. It had announced in August of 2011 that it might close and since then 50 employees have left. The management team of Leggett ...

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MDES offering disaster assistance in two storm-torn counties

FORREST COUNTY and LAMAR COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security says individuals in Forrest and Lamar counties unable to work because of the recent tornadoes and storms may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. MDES officials say in a news release that people who live or work in one of the affected counties and could not work because of ...

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