State drops jobs in January

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi’s unemployment rate for January remained unchanged from December at 10.1 percent, even though the count of non-farm jobs dropped sharply.

The Department of Employment Security said Wednesday that there were 15,300 fewer jobs last month than for December, although the count was up 13,000 from January 2010.

The agency said the comparisons were not totally compatible because of the annual, federally required process of revising data with more information from 2010. That process is expected to be completed this month.

The department said the largest job decreases were recorded in the far-flung sector of trade, transportation and utilities, government and leisure-hospitality.

The latest national jobless rate — for February — was 8.9 percent, on a seasonally adjusted basis.