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State's jobless rate falls slightly to 7.6 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell slightly in October to 7.6 percent, according to figures released by the U.S. Labor Department. The rate was down from 7.7 percent in September and from 7.9 percent in August. Mississippi had an 8.2 jobless rate in October 2013. The survey found that the number of Mississippians with a job fell by nearly ...

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Co-Lin gets $2M-plus to support oil industry at port

WESSON — Copiah-Lincoln Community College will use $2 million over the next three years to help train diesel mechanics to support southwest Mississippi’s growing oil industry and operations at the port of Natchez. The U.S. Labor Department is giving $10 million total to four community colleges to improve training of automotive technicians. Other colleges getting the money include Lawson State ...

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State's jobless rate remains highest in U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s unemployment rate continued to go in the wrong direction in July, remaining the highest in the nation. The jobless rate rose to 8 percent in July, the third straight monthly increase, as the number of people reporting they had a job fell faster than the labor force. Mississippi’s unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in June, ...

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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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OSHA enters into agreement with GEO Group

MERIDIAN — The GEO Group Inc., based in Boca Raton, Fla., has entered into a corporate-wide settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that requires the company to implement comprehensive procedures and policies to better safeguard its workers against the hazards of workplace violence in every correctional and adult detention facility that it manages in the nation. “This corporate-wide ...

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ABC: Prices for construction materials show volatility

WASHINGTON — Construction materials prices expanded 0.6 percent in January and are up 1.5 percent year over year, according to the Feb. 19 producer price index released by the Department of Labor. More specifically, nonresidential construction materials prices are up 0.5 percent for the month and are 1 percent higher than the same time one year ago. “After a period ...

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Construction industry sees more confusing numbers

The construction industry has again released statistics that do not seem to quite add up, this time concerning employment. In July, builders recorded a loss of 6,000 jobs in July, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. Yet, construction unemployment fell to 9.1 percent, down from 9.8 percent last month and significant decrease from the 12.3 percent jobless ...

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No full Mississippi jobs rebound until end of decade

Mississippi will be nearing the end of this decade before job numbers in manufacturing, leisure & hospitality and several other sectors returns to the pre-recession levels of 2007, state economists say in a new report. The news is not entirely bad, however. The November issue of the Mississippi Economic Outlook reports that the leading indicators by which state economists gauge ...

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Fox host Varney marvels at 'convenience' of jobs report during Jackson visit

Economist-turned-Fox Business host Stuart Varney likes nothing more than poking an accusing finger at what most of the rest of us take as accepted truths. The conservative commentator who says he left England in 1974 to escape its class warfare” visited Jackson Tuesday to address the Mississippi Council on Economic Education. Of course, the question was bound to come up ...

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OSHA penalty upheld in trampling death of Wal-Mart worker

Shopper stampedes in your store that kill or injure workers are your responsibility.That’s the message Chief Administrative Law Judge Covette Rooney of the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has given Wal-Mart for inadequate crowd management following a November 2008 trampling death of a worker at one of the company’s retail locations in New York.The U.S. Department of Labor’s ...

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