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Job openings hit historic low

WASHINGTON — On the last business day of April, job openings in the U.S. numbered 2.5 million, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, and stood at the lowest level since the series began in December 2000. The hires rate (3.1 percent) was unchanged in April and remained low, while the total separations rate (3.6 percent) was little changed over the ...

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Rite-Hite moving plant

HORN LAKE — Rite-Hite Corporation of Milwaukee, Wis., which develops, manufactures and sells loading dock safety systems and industrial door solutions, plans to relocate a manufacturing facility to Horn Lake, bringing more than 50 manufacturing jobs to the state. “On behalf of the City of Horn Lake, we would like to welcome Rite-Hite to our community,” Horn Lake Mayor Nat ...

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State gets more ARRA money

JACKSON — More than $153 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding has been released six states and a U.S. territory, including Mississippi. The State of Mississippi was awarded $16.1 million, which will be used to promote energy efficiency in state buildings and initiate selected renewable energy projects. The state plans to initiate a “lead by example” program ...

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Traffic fatalities decrease sharply

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reports the number of overall traffic fatalities reported in 2008 hit their lowest level since 1961, and that fatalities in the first three months of 2009 continue to decrease. The fatality rate, which accounts for variables like fewer miles traveled, also reached the lowest level ever recorded.
 The fatality data for 2008 ...

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MABC gets diversity grant

JACKSON — The Mississippi Associated Builders & Contractors (MABC) has been awarded a $10,000 Chapter Diversity Initiative Grant from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) national office to assist in MABC’s efforts to develop long-term diversity programs. “ABC strives to develop programs that will enhance the construction industry in Mississippi,” said Buddy Edens, MABC president, “This grant will open a new ...

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New saltwater fishing guide released

BILOXI — The 2009-2010 edition of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ free booklet, “Guide to Mississippi Saltwater Fishing Rules and Regulations,” is now available at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) office located in Biloxi. The guide incorporates new and revised saltwater fishing regulations for the State of Mississippi. The 36-page fishing regulations book includes information on commercial ...

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Haire elevated to deputy commissioner

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) general counsel Mark Haire has officially been named deputy commissioner of insurance by Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. Haire, a Mississippi native, is a graduate of Mississippi College and Mississippi College School of Law. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the firm of Kitchens & Pickard, and practiced briefly with ...

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Beach Boulevard reopens

BAY ST. LOUIS — A portion of Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis opened July 2, a milestone in the area’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina. This first phase construction began at Ballentine Street and continues to the CSX railroad.

 The project, which includes roadway reconstruction and utility installation, was awarded to Hemphill Construction Company Inc. of Florence for $5.97 million. ...

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NAFTA numbers decrease again

WASHINGTON — Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 33.1 percent lower in April 2009 than in April 2008, dropping to $49.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). April was the fourth consecutive month with a yearly decline of greater than 27 percent. ...

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Unemployment claims fall

WASHINGTON — In the week ending June 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 614,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 615,250, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5 percent for the week ending June ...

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