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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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Biofuel manufacturer KiOR begins layoffs at Columbus plant

COLUMBUS — Biofuel maker KiOR is laying off employees as it idles its Mississippi refinery, intensifying questions about the future of the cash-strapped company. The company said yesterday that it has cut 18 employees. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, said 55 employees remain at the Columbus plant. “Given the company’s limited cash flow, we do anticipate additional layoffs as we ...

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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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Construction industry adds workers, but…

There are signs that the nation’s construction industry is rebounding, but it will take a while before it fully recovers, according to one building trade association. Construction employment expanded in 195 metro areas, declined in 90 and was stagnant in 54 between January 2013 and January 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated ...

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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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AT&T Mobillity, union hammer out tentative agreement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI —AT&T Mobility has reached a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America in Mobility Southeast contract negotiations. The four-year agreement, which will be submitted to the union’s membership for a ratification vote in coming days, covers more than 11,500 AT&T Mobility employees in CWA District 3 — the Southeast Region, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, ...

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