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July US jobs report shows solid gains amid trade frictions

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July but still added a solid 164,000 jobs to an economy that appears poised to extend its decade-long expansion. The unemployment rate remained at 3.7% for a second straight month, the government said Friday. Average hourly earnings rose 3.2% from a year ago, up from a 3% year-over-year gain in June. Though ...

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Mississippi employer payrolls set new record high in May

Preliminary data show Mississippi’s employers had more people on the payroll than ever before in May. Payrolls — which are economists top labor market indicators — rose from 1.15 million people in April to 1.17 million people last month. A separate survey of households was less positive, with Mississippi’s jobless rate rising to 5% from 4.9% in April. That’s also ...

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US hiring slows amid trade tensions, weaker global economy

U.S. hiring stumbled in May as employers added just 75,000 jobs, a sign that businesses have become more cautious in the face of weaker global growth and widening trade conflicts. Last month’s modest job gain followed a much healthier increase of 224,000 in April. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate remained at a nearly 50-year low of ...

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Mississippi economy ‘relatively solid’ in November, report says

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com The Mississippi economy was “relatively solid” in November, according to the University Research Center. Its Leading Index – composed of six parts, including national figures — was 3.4 percent higher than the year-earlier month. Income tax withholding grew for the second consecutive month for the first time since February, indicating an expanding payroll, according to the ...

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Joblessness rates at record low in Mississippi, 3 other states

Employers added a significant number of jobs in nine states last month, and unemployment rates in four states fell to record lows. The Labor Department says the states with the largest percentage gains in jobs were Alaska, Alabama and Louisiana. The nation’s capital, Washington D.C., recorded an even larger gain. Overall, the figures suggest that steady, if slower, hiring this ...

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