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Mississippi’s Employment Situation

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July 19, 2019

Jackson, MS --- Number of Jobs Rises Again to New Historic High. This is the latest information announced today by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

Mississippi’s unemployment rate in June 2019 was 5.0%, unchanged over the month from May 2019.

The June 2019 rate is three-tenths of a percentage point higher than a year ago in June 2018, when the rate was 4.7%.

The number of non-farm jobs in Mississippi rose by 2,100 in June to 1,168,100, which are the most jobs ever recorded in Mississippi.

Over the year since June 2018, the number of jobs in our state increased by 14,300. These numbers are based on a survey of employers. That employer survey is recognized as the most reliable indicator of job growth.

The Labor Force, which is made up of everyone who has a job or is looking for a job, increased in June by 2,900 to 1,270,400. Over the year since June 2018, the Labor Force fell 5,400.

The number of Mississippians working rose in June by 2,400 to 1,207,100; however, for the year since June 2018, employed individuals decreased by 8,200.

The number of unemployed Mississippians rose by 500 in June to 63,300.

Over the year since June 2018, the number of unemployed Mississippians increased by 2,800.

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