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Mississippi unemployment rate still under

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By Bert Case - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT)- Mississippi's latest unemployment figures show the state is still under ten percent. But the numbers appear to be stabilizing.

The jobless rate stands at 9 point eight percent. But that's only up one tenth of a percent from October. A lot of work went into making sure unemployed Mississippians received benefits in time for Christmas.

Those who analyze the unemployment numbers here at the headquarters of the Mississippi Employment Security Commission, seem pleased with the small increase in unemployment numbers between October and November. 

Mary Willoughby, Labor Market Director, says "I can't say that the economy is getting better, right now, but it's holding stable, it's not getting worse."  The big news here is that a group of workers worked over the weekend to make sure more than 7,000 unemployed Mississippians got their emergency unemployment benefits, in time for Christmas, after President Obama signed the retroactive emergency benefits into law.  J

Jimmy Giles Director of Customer Operations support told us about that. Giles said, "One of those workers, who had to spend the weekend getting the unemployment checks out in time for Christmas, Jen Jones, said it make her feel good to do it."

So almost 7,400 unemployed Mississippians will get their emergency checks before Christmas because workers here at the Employment Security Commission worked a weekend to get the check out. 

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