Mississippi unemployment rate dips in March


JACKSON — Mississippi’s unemployment rate dipped in March, as more people found jobs and fewer people sought them.

The decrease, reported Friday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, lined up with a separate survey showing employer payrolls continue to creep up in Mississippi.

The jobless rate fell to 9.4 percent from 9.6 percent in February, thought it remained above the 9 percent rate of March 2012.

The main factor driving down the jobless rate was a 7,000-person decrease in the labor force, as some people stopped looking for work.

Unemployed Mississippians fell to 125,000. That’s down from 128,000 in February, but up from 120,000 from March 2012.

The separate BLS survey of payrolls shows nonfarm employees rose by fewer than 1,000 from February, but remained 15,000 above year-ago levels.

Jeff Amy/The Associated Press