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Labor Department presents Hire Vets Medallion to GC Logistics

GC Logistics of Ridgeland announced it is the only small business in Mississippi to receive the 2019 Hire Vets Gold Medallion Award. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded 427 employers from around the nation for recruiting, employing and retaining America’s veterans. The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia at the Department’s headquarters in ...

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U.S. Department of Labor announces Mississippian as director of the Women’s Bureau

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that Dr. Laurie Todd-Smith is now the Director of the Department’s Women Bureau. A former Executive Director of the State Workforce Investment Board and State Early Childhood Advisory Council in Mississippi, Todd-Smith played a leading role in the creation of the Family-Based Unified and Integrated State Plan. She also served as a Senior Education ...

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OSHA cites Corinth company for 11 violations after accidents

One of Corinth’s largest manufacturers, the 160-employee Mississippi Polymers Inc., has been hit with a $56,300 fine after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for 11 serious safety violations. The citations issued Jan. 14 say Mississippi Polymers exposed its workers to unguarded machinery and other safety hazards, OSHA said in a press notice ...

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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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Co-Lin gets $2M-plus to support oil industry at port

WESSON — Copiah-Lincoln Community College will use $2 million over the next three years to help train diesel mechanics to support southwest Mississippi’s growing oil industry and operations at the port of Natchez. The U.S. Labor Department is giving $10 million total to four community colleges to improve training of automotive technicians. Other colleges getting the money include Lawson State ...

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State's jobless rate remains highest in U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s unemployment rate continued to go in the wrong direction in July, remaining the highest in the nation. The jobless rate rose to 8 percent in July, the third straight monthly increase, as the number of people reporting they had a job fell faster than the labor force. Mississippi’s unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in June, ...

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State's jobless rate increases to 7.7 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s unemployment rate in May was tied with Kentucky’s for the nation’s fourth-highest. But that 7.7 percent rate was still well below Mississippi’s 9 percent rate a year earlier. The national unemployment rate remained stable from April to May at 6.3 percent, while Mississippi’s rose from 7.5 percent. Preliminary data in a separate survey indicated Mississippi ...

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OSHA enters into agreement with GEO Group

MERIDIAN — The GEO Group Inc., based in Boca Raton, Fla., has entered into a corporate-wide settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that requires the company to implement comprehensive procedures and policies to better safeguard its workers against the hazards of workplace violence in every correctional and adult detention facility that it manages in the nation. “This corporate-wide ...

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ABC: Prices for construction materials show volatility

WASHINGTON — Construction materials prices expanded 0.6 percent in January and are up 1.5 percent year over year, according to the Feb. 19 producer price index released by the Department of Labor. More specifically, nonresidential construction materials prices are up 0.5 percent for the month and are 1 percent higher than the same time one year ago. “After a period ...

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Construction industry sees more confusing numbers

The construction industry has again released statistics that do not seem to quite add up, this time concerning employment. In July, builders recorded a loss of 6,000 jobs in July, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. Yet, construction unemployment fell to 9.1 percent, down from 9.8 percent last month and significant decrease from the 12.3 percent jobless ...

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