Mississippi unemployment rate down slightly to 7.6 percent in October

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi's unemployment rate fell slightly in October to 7.6 percent, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

The rate was down from 7.7 percent in September and from 7.9 percent in August. Mississippi had an 8.2 jobless rate in October 2013.

The survey found that the number of Mississippians with a job fell by nearly 1,000 between September and October.

The report found 95,100 Mississippians were unemployed in October, down only slightly from September.

Georgia had the highest unemployment rate among the states in October at 7.7 percent. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, 2.8 percent. In total, 16 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 5.8 percent, 12 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates.

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