Mississippi's work force keeps growing but it continues to lose jobs faster than jobs are being created. The unemployment rate for July was again over seven percent.
The end result is the state had a net loss of 9,000 non-farm jobs between July 2002 and last month.
Economists don't expect the job market to improve anytime soon.
Since January, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association says 55 manufacturers in Mississippi have closed.
In July, there were 10,500 fewer manufacturing jobs from a year ago.
The Mississippi Employment Security Commission will release the county-by-county jobless rates later this month.