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MNI reports state's industrial workforce grew by half-percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Industrial employment in Mississippi increased by about a half percent over the past 12 months, according to the 2012 Mississippi Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News Inc. (MNI) of Evanston, Ill. MNI reports Mississippi gained 694 industrial jobs between February 2011 and February 2012. Mississippi is now home to 3,019 manufacturers employing 171,615 ...

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State's joblessness rate falls to single digits, lowest since July 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent in February, the lowest level since July 2009. Jobless figures for January had first appeared to dip to 9.9 percent in preliminary numbers, but later were revised up to 10 percent. The state recorded a 10.2 percent unemployment rate in February 2011. The number of unemployed people fell to 128,000 ...

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EIGS forms workforce development partnership with Digital Quest

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) has formed a partnership with Digital Quest, a national geospatial education firm. The partnership was formed to enhance the EIGS workforce development program with geospatial certifications. The State of Florida recently adopted the “S.P.A.C.E.” (Spatial Projects and Community Exchange) certification series created by Digital Quest and sponsored by EIGS. Florida included these ...

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High-tech training programs coming to new center

OLIVE BRANCH — Four high-tech programs are planned for a new Regional Technology and Training Center in Olive Branch. They will include two career programs recently approved by Mississippi — public safety and transportation/logistics, The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/Ab6Ddo) reported. The center also will offer programs in health sciences and industrial maintenance. “We prepare kids for college,” DeSoto County Schools Supt. ...

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Training Dick and Jane

The Governor’s Workforce Conference held earlier this month in Jackson offered plenty of success stories, particularly the recruitment of the new Toyota plant in Northeast Mississippi. However, there were also words of warning about the state meeting the needs of businesses with a competently trained workforce in the future. The state is already struggling to meet … >> SEE FULL ...

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Workforce conference explores new ideas about education

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour said yesterday he wants Mississippians to look at new approaches to improve education, including more opportunities for job training instead of bachelor’s degrees and the involvement of churches to help prevent struggling students from dropping out of high school. Other ideas include cutting tax funds to intercollegiate athletics, shortening paths to college degrees and pushing ...

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Manufacturing jobs decreasing, but some positives reported

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Industrial employment in Mississippi fell 3.3 percent over the past 12 months, according to the 2011 Mississippi Manufacturers Register, published annually by Manufacturers’ News Inc. (MNI) of Evanston, Ill. However, both MNI and the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) point out there have been some positive news recently. MNI reports Mississippi lost 5,987 industrial jobs and 83 manufacturers ...

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EEOC suing Signal over treatment of immigrant workers

PASCAGOULA — A federal agency has filed a lawsuit against an oil rig construction company over treatment of hundreds of immigrant workers recruited in India to work in Mississippi and Texas. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges numerous allegations of discriminatory conduct by Signal International against the workers, including forcing them to live in crowded quarters with poor food for ...

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PRCC to assist Stion in hiring for solar panel plant

HATTIESBURG — With the help of Pearl River Community College, a California-based solar panel manufacturer will hire hundreds of employees for a new plant in Hattiesburg. Stion officials announced Jan. 4 that the company would make one million solar panels annually after production begins later this year. But before the first panel is made, the company has to find and ...

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Foreign-born worker numbers hold steady

WASHINGTON — The share of the U.S. labor force composed of the foreign born was little changed in 2009, and their unemployment rate rose from 5.8 to 9.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The jobless rate of the native born increased from 5.8 percent in 2008 to 9.2 percent in 2009. Some highlights from the 2009 data ...

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