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VOL. 127 | NO. 229 | Thursday, November 22, 2012

Mississippi Jobless Rate Drops to 8.9 Percent

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 8.9 percent in October, down 0.3 percent from September.

The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed Tuesday that 4,300 more people were employed in October than September.

Mississippi had a 9.2 percent jobless rate in September and a 10.7 percent rate in October 2011.

The number of unemployed people fell to about 119,500 in October from 123,000 in September.

Overall, unemployment rates fell in 37 states and the District of Columbia, rose in seven and were flat in six. Nevada had the highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent, and North Dakota had the lowest at 3.1 percent.

The national unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent in October, essentially unchanged from September but was 1 percentage point lower than in October 2011.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 56 437 16,061
MORTGAGES 76 508 18,556
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 56 2,461
BUILDING PERMITS 241 876 33,390
BANKRUPTCIES 64 301 10,314
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 125 5,303
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 17 125 6,273
MARRIAGE LICENSES 19 98 3,511