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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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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 106 418 11,538
MORTGAGES 135 521 14,424
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 220 913 24,947
BANKRUPTCIES 53 297 8,729
BUSINESS LICENSES 26 119 3,890
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