JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's labor market cooled in July, with the unemployment rate ticking up and employer payrolls falling.
The jobless rate rose to 4.9 percent from 4.8 percent in June, as more people entered the labor force than found jobs. The jobless rate in July 2017 was 5.1 percent.
The number of unemployed Mississippians rose slightly to 61,000.
July's U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent from 4 percent in June.
Although close to March's record low, Mississippi has the fourth-highest jobless rate among states.
The payroll survey — economists' top labor market indicator — fell by 3,000 jobs from a record high in June to 1.16 million in July. That's 14,000 jobs above July 2017.
The U.S. Labor Department released figures Friday, adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes.
- Mississippi labor market cools in July as jobless rate rises
- Alabama's jobless rate unchanged
- Alabama jobless rate increases slightly
- Mississippi jobless rate and payrolls improve in September
- Mississippi jobless rate and payrolls improve in October
- Mississippi jobless rate and payrolls both hit new records
- Mississippi jobless rate and payrolls remain strong in March
- Mississippi jobless rate ticks up in March, payrolls flat
- Alabama jobless rate drops to 3.6 percent
- Alabama jobless rate drops to 3.7 percent