Local Unemployment Rates

Unemployment numbers for Mississippi show joblessness up statewide. Overall, rates for June were up by roughly two percent from the same period of 2008.

Officials say things could still get worse before they get better.

"It's just jobs are getting harder and harder to get," said Bud Gilbert, director for the WIN Job Center in Meridian.
"Thus far, as of Monday morning, I received 3 calls from three employers. So, I have written up 3 job orders. Of those, two are for part-time."

At this same time last year, Gilbert said he had approximately 75 job orders; now he has just 46.

"All the top people, the economists say it won't level off until maybe by the middle of 2010," Gilbert said. "But right now they're looking at the recession to last until 2011."

Gilbert said one out of every four people who comes to the Meridian center seeking assistance is from west Alabama, where, in some areas, the jobless rates are even worse.

Gilbert said often the job orders that he receives now are for workers in the food service or retail industry.

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