Unemployment Ticks Up Slightly in Mississippi

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JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi’s job market softened slightly in May as unemployment ticked up and payrolls dipped. The jobless rate rose to 4.7 percent in May from 4.6 percent in April as more people entered the labor force than found jobs. That’s slightly above the 4.5 percent record set in March, the lowest since 1976. The jobless rate in May 2017 was 5.3 percent. The number of unemployed Mississippians rose to almost 60,000. The separate payroll survey was down to 1.16 million in May, just below March’s record and is 16,000 jobs above last year. The national unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in May from April’s 3.9 percent.



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