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Employment currently remaining steady as universities prepare to open for fall semester

By BECKY GILLETTE The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) have long been major economic engines for the state and the communities where they are located. In addition to bringing in large research grants, the IHL directly employs about 28,000, including the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic upended the academic year when colleges and ...

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Mississippi payrolls rise in August, jobless rate stays flat

Mississippi’s labor market was flat in September, with unemployment and payrolls steady. The state’s unemployment rate remained at 6 percent for third straight month, but was below September 2015’s 6.4 percent. The number of workers and people reporting jobs each rose slightly. The number of unemployed people remained at 76,000. Mississippi had September’s fourth-highest jobless rate among states, with Alaska ...

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Mississippi payrolls rise in July, but jobless rate ticks up

Employers added workers to Mississippi payrolls in July, reversing three months of losses, but the jobless rate rose slightly. Mississippi’s unemployment rate rose to 6 percent from 5.9 percent in June. That’s below July 2015’s 6.3 percent rate. The workforce and number of people reporting jobs fell, and the number of unemployed people was flat at 76,000. Mississippi had June’s ...

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Southeast manufacturng rises; Mississippi’s drops

MBJ staff Southeast manufacturing activity improved in June after three consecutive months of decline, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index  report released Monday by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. June’s Southeast PMI of 55.1 is driven up by a sharp 9.3-point increase for new orders and a 8.9-point increase for production. This month’s ...

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Mississippi jobless rate dips in April

JACKSON — Mississippi’s jobless rate dipped in April to 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate was down from 6.8 percent in March, 7 percent in February and 7.1 percent in January. The jobless rate was 7.8 percent in April 2014. Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate in April, 2.5 percent. Nevada had the highest rate among the states, 7.1 percent. The ...

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State's jobless rate falls slightly to 7.6 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell slightly in October to 7.6 percent, according to figures released by the U.S. Labor Department. The rate was down from 7.7 percent in September and from 7.9 percent in August. Mississippi had an 8.2 jobless rate in October 2013. The survey found that the number of Mississippians with a job fell by nearly ...

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