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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Unemployment

Letters to the Editor

Maegan Staggs writes to say that it’s a sad situation, but reality, that today’s graduates are struggling to find much more than minimum-wage, entry-level jobs. (July 3, 2013, Page 4)

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    Job market especially tough for young folks

    “Shadows” spend time with professionals and businesses to learn about possible vocations. They also, Editor Don Whitten writes, can learn about the general job market these days for young adults. (April 12, 2013, Page 4A)

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      Hostess issue affects more than our taste buds

      Shelves in grocery stores have big gaps where Hostess Inc. products once were placed, and a future without Twinkies, Sno Balls, Dolly Madison products and Wonder bread is upsetting a lot of folks. Of a bigger concern, Editor Don Whitten writes, are the thousands of families affected by the company shutting down. (November 26, 2012, Page 4A)

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        More signs economy rebounding

        Two recent reports offer the latest evidence that Mississippi’s economy is rebounding from the Great Recession. One report notes that Lafayette County’s jobless rate continues to fall. Local unemployment dropped from 7.6 percent in February to 6.9 percent in March. The state and local economies are expected to continue to gradually improve for the next three years before peaking in 2016, according to another report. (April 30, 2012, Page 5)

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          Unemployment rate climbs slightly

          After the local unemployment rate dropped for a couple of months late this summer, the percentage of jobless workers In Lafayette County has been inching up the past two months. For October, the county recorded an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent, or two-tenths of a percentage point higher than September’s jobless rate of 7.1 percent. (November 29, 2010, Page 6A)

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            Jobless rate inches up

            Lafayette County’s unemployment rate inched up from 7 percent in August to 7.1 percent in September. (November 1, 2010, Page 6A)

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              Jobless rate drops by 30 percent in August

              Lafayette County’s unemployment rate fell steeply from July to August, dropping from 9.8 percent to 6.9 percent — a nearly 30 percent decline in the number of unemployed people in the local workforce. (September 27, 2010, Page 5A)

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                Community’s jobless rate drops in July

                Lafayette County’s unemployment numbers appear to have started dropping, a trend that’s expected to continue through the next few months. (September 6, 2010, Page 5A)

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                  Jobless rate inches up

                  Just as the temperatures climb in Oxford every summer, so, too, do the numbers of unemployed. As it seems to do nearly every June, the unemployment rate in Lafayette County inched up. The jobless rate climbed from 9.6 percent in May to 9.9 percent in June. (July 23, 2010, Page 5A)

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                    Jobless rate rises again

                    After three months of steadily declining unemployment, the community’s jobless rate reversed course and started climbing again. While unemployment increased in May, some other new reports indicate the economy is continuing to rebound from what’s been described as the worse recession since the Great Depression. (June 25, 2010, Page 1A)

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