Annual job growth up a bit in Mississippi

By The Associated Press

JACKSON – Mississippi’s annual job growth picked up a bit in July with the state registering 6,500 more non-farm jobs than a year ago.

The state Department of Employment Security said Wednesday that Mississippi had 7,900 more private-sector jobs than a year ago, while government payrolls fell by 1,400. The figures are not adjusted for seasonal factors.

From June 2010 to June 2011, the state recorded 1,700 fewer non-farm jobs. The May-to-May comparison — hit by Mississippi River flooding — showed a decrease of 4,000 jobs.

Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 10.4 percent, unchanged from June, but up from 10.2 percent in July 2010.