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More People Working Than Ever Before In Mississippi

Mississippi's unemployment rate is at its lowest level in 30 years, but that could soon change. Statewide in December, four point three percent of the workforce was unemployed, the lowest since 1973.

 The numbers in all three coastal counties were even lower. Two point seven percent unemployment in Hancock County, two point nine percent in Harrison County and three point five percent in Jackson County.

Overall, the December jobless rate was the lowest of the year 2000. Analysts credit seasonal holiday hiring. However, January unemployment is expected to go up due to a number of layoffs across the state.

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    Gulfport Main Street presents Phase II of downtown plan

    Monday, August 20 2018 6:40 PM EDT2018-08-20 22:40:38 GMT
    According to Gulfport Main Street, 257 businesses are currently active in the downtown area. They say with that type of growth, it's time for Phase II of its strategic plan to go into operation.  (Photo source: WLOX)According to Gulfport Main Street, 257 businesses are currently active in the downtown area. They say with that type of growth, it's time for Phase II of its strategic plan to go into operation. (Photo source: WLOX)
    According to Gulfport Main Street, 257 businesses are currently active in the downtown area. They say with that type of growth, it's time for Phase II of its strategic plan to go into operation.  (Photo source: WLOX)According to Gulfport Main Street, 257 businesses are currently active in the downtown area. They say with that type of growth, it's time for Phase II of its strategic plan to go into operation. (Photo source: WLOX)

    According to Gulfport Main Street, 257 businesses are currently active in the downtown area. They say with that type of growth, it's time for Phase II of its strategic plan to go into operation.

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    According to Gulfport Main Street, 257 businesses are currently active in the downtown area. They say with that type of growth, it's time for Phase II of its strategic plan to go into operation.

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  • UPDATE: Man recovering after being shot in east Ocean Springs

    UPDATE: Man recovering after being shot in east Ocean Springs

    Monday, August 20 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-08-20 22:27:31 GMT
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    Jackson County Sheriff's investigators are on the scene of a shooting at Derry Street and Old CCC Camp Road in east Ocean Springs.

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    Jackson County Sheriff's investigators are on the scene of a shooting at Derry Street and Old CCC Camp Road in east Ocean Springs.

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    MS man, 74, crushed to death by lawnmower

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    Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said the tragic accident happened at Friend’s home on Friend Road. (Photo source: WDAM)Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said the tragic accident happened at Friend’s home on Friend Road. (Photo source: WDAM)

    A 74-year-old Lamar County man died Monday morning after a lawnmower fell on top of him while he was making repairs.

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    A 74-year-old Lamar County man died Monday morning after a lawnmower fell on top of him while he was making repairs.

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