Mississippi Jobless Rate Down in February

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi's unemployment rate ticked down to 7.4 percent in January, as a few more people found jobs.

A separate survey shows state employer payrolls falling slightly.

Both sets of figures, adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes, were released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

It's the lowest state jobless rate since October 2008, before the worst of the recession hit Mississippi.

Mississippi's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in January, while it was 9 percent in February 2013.

The report found nearly 94,000 Mississippians were unemployed in February, down more than 1,000 from January and down from 118,000 in February 2013. The labor force also fell slightly.

Mississippi non-farm payrolls fell by about 2,000 from January, but are about 5,000 above year-ago levels.

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