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State jobless rate falls to 7.5%, still trails national average by .9%

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2014 fell to 7.5 percent—the lowest the state has seen since November 2008, when the rate was also 7.5 percent. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security show .

The BLS figures also show that in January 2014, there were 10,000 more jobs in Mississippi than there had been in January 2013.

Mississippi still trails the national unemployment rate by nearly a full percentage point, Nationally in the same period, the jobless rate dropped to 6.6 percent from 6.7 percent the month prior, the BLS reports.

Gov. Phil Bryant used the figures presented by the state agency to tout the new jobs while criticizing what he called “job killing policies” in Washington, though he did not specify the policies that are burdening job creation in the state.

Bryant’s statement noted that Mississippi’s unemployment rate has fallen by 2.2 percentage points during his term.

Meanwhile, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the Governor’s Job Fair Network will host the Mississippi Employment Expo from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 at the Mississippi Trademart in Jackson. A list of upcoming job fairs is posted at www.mississippiworks.org and at www.jobfairs.ms.gov.




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