Payrolls Up, Employment Steady In January

 

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security said yesterday that Mississippi’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent in January, while payrolls rose slightly. According to the report, more people entered the workforce and more found jobs. While the rate was steady, the actual number of unemployed Mississippians rose slightly, to about 72,000, as more people began looking for jobs than found them. That 5.5% figure though is Mississippi’s lowest since December 2003 the Department said. Meanwhile, payrolls rose to 1.15 million. Nationwide, the jobless rate rose slightly to 4.8 percent in January, up one-tenth of one percent from December.


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