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Number of jobs rises to record highs

Mississippi has more jobs than ever before. 

According to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, in December, the number of non-farm jobs in Mississippi rose to 1,173,000, which are the most jobs ever recorded in Mississippi. December was the third month in a row in which the number of jobs broke the previous record.

The number of jobs in Mississippi increased by 400 in December, and over the year since December 2017, the number of jobs in the state increased by 11,000.

Mississippi’s unemployment rate in December 2018 was 4.7%, the third lowest level of unemployment ever recorded in Mississippi. The unemployment rate has now been at, or below, 4.8% for fifteen months.

The Labor Force, which is made up of everyone who has a job or is looking for a job, declined in December by 3,100 to 1,281,100; however, the department stated that the labor force has risen by 3,600 since December 2017. 

The number of unemployed Mississippians in December was 60,100, which was the same as a month earlier in November; however, over the year since December 2017, the number of unemployed Mississippians is down by 800.

The number of people working in Mississippi declined in December by 3,100 to 1,221,000, but for the year since December 2017, employment in the state increased by 4,400.

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