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Statewide retailers hiring over the holidays

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By Ashley Conroy - email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -- The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) reported the unemployment rate went down from 9.8% in September to 9.7% in October.

Starting in October, MDES said this is typically the time retailers start to hire part-time help to help with additional shoppers.

Deputy Executive Director, Stan McMorris said 2005 showed some of the largest gains in employment.

"The best year though was 2005." McMorris said. "Where there was a little over 10 thousand jobs added during that period."

Last year, however, McMorris said this trend changed. "The retail trade area of the state, were way low last year as far as hiring for the Christmas season, the lowest it's been in a number of years."

The likely reason he said is because people were not shopping and retailers needed less help.

"The market, the labor force has tightened up over the years, due to the recession and the problems."

Statewide retailer Cowboy Maloney's said they do plan to hire additional help over the holidays at all 14 locations around the state.

In addition, co-owner Con Maloney said the position is actually new.

"Right now, we're looking at some part-time position people just to do demonstration on how 3-D operates," Maloney said. "What it means, how you use it."

He said they plan to hire college students to help with the 3-D TV demonstration, but he also said it could turn into something permanent.

"Who knows, we may have some people who do a real good job at demonstrating that we may keep on as regular sales people."

Meantime, Rankin County reported the lowest unemployment figures at 6.3%, DeSoto and Madison Counties came in second at 7% unemployment rate.

Noxubee County had the highest unemployment rate at 19.8%.

MDES said they will have a better idea of the holiday employment outlook at the end of December when November's unemployment figures will be published.

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