Jobless Rates Rise in Twin States

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi's unemployment rate ticked up in June, amid signs of a stalling economy.

The state's jobless rate rose to 8.8 percent, from 8.7 percent in May as the number of people with jobs fell, according to figures released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It's the first time that the unemployment rate has risen in Mississippi since hitting its post-recession peak of 10.9 percent in July 2011.

A year ago in June, the state's jobless rate was 10.8

The number of unemployed Mississippians rose to 118,200 from 116,500 in May, well below 145,500 from a year ago.

A separate survey of employer payrolls shows the number of non-farm employees in the state fell during the month and was also below its June 2011 level.

Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 7.8 percent in June, an increase that state officials are calling

It was up four-tenths of a percent from May's unemployment rate of 7.4 percent, but it's still well
below the jobless rate from a year ago.

Alabama Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees says the unemployment rate is up because more people were out looking for jobs as the summer break began in June. He calls the increase an inevitable seasonal fluctuation.

The jobless rate represents 168,775 people who are seeking work in the state.

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