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Mississippi’s Employment Situation – Latest Edition

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July 21, 2017

Jackson, MS --- Jobs Increase by 4,000 in June. This is the latest information announced today the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

The number of non-farm jobs rose in Mississippi in June 2017 by 4,000 to 1,148,600. This jobs number is based on a survey of employers and is considered the most reliable indicator of job growth. Over the year since June 2016, the number of non-farm jobs increased by 6,100.

Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.0% in June, which is the second lowest rate since January 1976 when the current method of calculating state unemployment rates started.

The June 2017 rate is one-tenth of a percentage point higher than a month earlier in May when the rate was 4.9% but is nine-tenths of a percentage point lower than a year ago in June 2016, when the rate was 5.9%.

The Labor Force, which is made up of everyone who has a job or is looking for a job, decreased in June by 7,100 to 1,296,100. However, over the year since June 2016, the Labor Force grew by 17,100.

The number of people working in Mississippi decreased in June by 8,200 to 1,230,800. For the year since June 2016 employment in our state posted an increase of 27,400.

The number of unemployed Mississippians increased in June by 1,100 to 65,300. Over the year since June 2016, the number of Mississippians without jobs fell by 10,300.

For details or questions on this information, please contact Mary Willoughby at (601) 321-6260 or by email at: mwilloughby@mdes.ms.gov