JACKSON, Miss.--The number of people who do not have jobs rose just slightly in September. The percent of jobless people was 9.2 percent. That up by about 1,000 people. That means about 123,000 of you are jobless. In August there were 9.2 percent unemployed.
The national average for September was 7.8 percent. Mississippi has the seventh-highest unemployment rate in the country.
The Magnolia State had a 10.9 percent unemployment rate in Sept. 2011.
The Mississippi Dept. of Employment Security is expected to release county by county jobless data next week.
The number of people with jobs increased in trade, transportation and utilities; education and health services; construction; financial activities and government. Jobs fell in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services and manufacturing.
This week more jobs were announced for the state, including 200 temporary jobs by Xerox in Madison and 100 new jobs for northeast Mississippi, with the opening of contract Fabricators and Denman Steel in Iuka.