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Unemployment claims fall again

WASHINGTON — In the week ending May 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 621,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 631,250, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5 percent for the week ending May ...

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USDA awards loan

LORMAN — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 37 rural utilities and cooperatives in 29 states have been selected to receive more than $1 billion in loans to build and repair more than 10,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines and make system improvements that will benefit 60,000 rural customers. In Mississippi, Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association in Lorman is ...

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Salvation Army stands ready

JACKSON — The Salvation Army reports it has taken several steps this year to strengthen and enhance its emergency readiness for the current hurricane season. This includes the hosting of training sessions and disaster response conferences, acquisition of new equipment, the integration of a GPS tracking system on every working mobile feeding unit (canteen) in the Southern Territory and pre-positioning ...

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More than a village

Teamwork among communities in Mississippi is critical for economic development success In the realm of economic development, teamwork is everything. It can take more than a village — sometimes an entire county or region — to land a new prospect or effect an expansion of an existing business or industry. While that has long been true, today’s environment makes it ...

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State making its mark with film industry

Some big budget classics like ‘A Time to Kill’ and ‘Ghosts of Mississippi’ helped lay the groundwork Mississippi and the arts are synonymous.  From Delta blues to paintings of the Gulf Coast, Mississippi holds its fair share of an artistic side.  But where most people don’t relate art to Mississippi is in film.  Of course, famous films that have highlighted ...

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CIC provides roadmap for development

From the perspective of economic development efforts, globalization has provoked a strengthening awareness that at least one priority strategy must shift away from commodities and attraction to focus on value-added innovation and entrepreneurship, says Dr. Myrtis Tabb, assistant vice president of partnerships and special projects at Delta State. “The global economy is knowledge and idea-based where the keys to job ...

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Natchez Trace lures visitors with scenic biway

The Natchez Trace continues to lure millions of visitors each year with a combination of historical and cultural attractions dotted along the scenic, uncluttered route that invites people to meander rather than zoom along the 444-mile National Park Service (NPS) road.  The Trace isn’t as well known as other NPS treasures such as Yosemite and Yellowstone. So sometimes visitors are ...

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Aero-defense, aerospace soaring in state

Mississippi’s research universities the key to growing industries From Iuka in Northeast Mississippi to the John C. Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and points between, Mississippi’s aerospace and defense industries are readily apparent. And, many see this sector as merely in its infancy. There have been several factors that have led to this clustering in the Magnolia ...

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There are many areas of opportunity for state

Landing a large manufacturing plant like Toyota or Nissan, which provide thousands of direct jobs and thousands more indirect jobs, is the ultimate goal for most economic developers. Many of them spend their entire careers chasing a project like the one in Canton or Blue Springs. That does not mean a community’s failure to land a big development should brand ...

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The game has changed

Industry recruitment is totally different than it was 30 years ago Notable job creation announcements since the start of the new year include the private prison in Adams County landing a federal contract that will bring 400 jobs with it, a call center in Meridian producing 273 jobs since October and Alliant Tech Systems in Iuka, which manufactures commercial aircraft ...

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