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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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MDOT cutting more than 40 jobs in Right-of-Way Division

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation is eliminating 44 jobs in its Right-of-Way Division. Jason Scott, spokesman for MDOT, says the workers in the Appraisals and Titles section of the Right-of-Way Division were notified this past week. He says workers will be employed with the DOT until January. MDOT officials say no other layoffs are planned. A majority of ...

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Employers added 6,000 jobs in September; unemployment rate falls

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s employers added 6,000 jobs to their payrolls in September and the state’s unemployment rate fell again, although it remains the second-highest in the nation. The state’s jobless rate fell to 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 percent in August and 8.4 percent in September 2013. The decrease was driven by people stopping job searches, with fewer ...

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Mississippi no longer has highest unemployment rate in nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi no longer has the highest unemployment rate in the nation in August, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department. The Mississippi unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent in August, breaking a string of three straight monthly increases. That’s compared to 8 percent in July and 8.6 percent in August 2013. Georgia had the ...

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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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Report: State's manufacturing sector adds jobs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Manufacturing employment in Mississippi increased one percent over the past year, according the 2014 Mississippi Manufacturers Register, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News Inc. (MNI). According to data collected by MNI, Mississippi manufacturers added 1,875 jobs from March 2013 to March 2014. Manufacturers’ News reports Mississippi is now home to 2,916 manufacturers employing 170,294 ...

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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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Union-restricting legislation moves forward

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are moving ahead with a package of bills to restrict some labor union organizing and picketing practices. The House passed a package of five bills yesterday, four of which will return to the Senate for more work because they were amended by the House. The other, Senate Bill 2689, would stop local governments from restricting employer ...

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State rolls out new interactive Mississippi Works program

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi has unveiled an interactive resource to pair employers and jobs through the Internet and mobile applications. Gov. Phil Bryant and employment and industry officials announced the launch of the Mississippi Works program yesterday. A website combines an integrated iPhone and Android mobile applications into a real-time, web-based system to help job seekers search for ...

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