Mississippi unemployment falls below 6 percent in October

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell below 6 percent in October for the first time since late 2007, as more people reported finding jobs.

The jobless rate fell to 5.9 percent from 6.1 percent in September, and was below October 2014’s 7.3 percent rate.

The number of unemployed people fell even as the labor force grew, indicating the job market provided more new jobs than there were new job-seekers.

A separate survey shows Mississippi payrolls flat in October, leaving total payrolls 8,000 higher than last October.

Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes — were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

Mississippi remained above the nation’s 5 percent unemployment rate.

There were 75,000 Mississippians unemployed in October, down 2,000 from September and 14,000 below October 2014.

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