Mississippi job market improves slightly in April

news_economic_greenBy Jeff Amy

Associated Press

JACKSON – Mississippi’s employers added 5,000 people to their payrolls in April, breaking four months of declines.

Meanwhile, a separate survey showed that the state’s unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent in April, as more people found jobs despite a falling labor force.

Both sets of figures – adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes – were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

Mississippi’s unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in March and 8.8 percent in April 2013.

Though the economic performance was better than the anemic figures posted so far this year, Mississippi retains the sixth-highest unemployment rate among the states.

The report found 95,400 Mississippians were unemployed in April, down almost 1,000 from March and from 114,500 in April 2013.