Unemployment rates were down significantly in May in Columbus, Starkville and West Point as part of a statewide decrease, according to preliminary statistics released Tuesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
The wait on the unemployment phone line had entered the third hour as she remained on hold on a late-April afternoon.
She had quit staring at the screen and resumed her daily chores. The automated on-hold message piping through the phone speaker became so familiar, she said, she could almost recite it.
But she knew she had to stay on the line.
Unemployment rates continued to remain flat for the month of October as the nation continues to move what economists consider full employment, according to the latest labor market report by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
As employment continues to move toward what is considered full employment, unemployment rates are beginning to show less change in the year-over-year comparison on the local, state and national level.
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Unemployment rates fell in three of four area counties in July, according to the monthly labor report released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security as summer jobs ended and students begin leaving the workforce.
Unemployment rates jumped over the past month, according to data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
Although unemployment rates spiked in Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties in May — increases of anywhere from 1 percent to 1.7 percent compared to April — data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security suggests that the unemployment rates have flattened after a steady increase over the past year.
Another month of strong hiring drove the nation’s unemployment rate down to 3.8 percent — tantalizingly close to the level last seen in 1969, when Detroit still dominated the auto industry and the Vietnam War was raging.
Unemployment rates continued near historic lows in the month of April based on monthly data released Tuesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.