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VOL. 127 | NO. 142 | Monday, July 23, 2012

Miss. Jobless Rate Rises in June as Economy Drags

JEFF AMY | Associated Press

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — 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 percent.

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 nonfarm employees in the state fell during the month and was also below its June 2011 level.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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PROPERTY SALES 81 217 5,290
MORTGAGES 94 276 6,985
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 72 1,628
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