In September the number of nonfarm jobs in Mississippi rose to 1,170,100, which are the most jobs ever recorded in Mississippi.

The number of jobs in Mississippi increased by 600 in September.  Over the year since September 2018, the number of jobs in Mississippi increased by 20,300.

Mississippi’s unemployment rate in September 2018 was 4.8%, the fourth lowest level of unemployment ever recorded in Mississippi.

The September rate is the same as a month earlier in August 2018 and one-tenth of a percentage point lower than a year ago in September 2017, when the rate was 4.9%.

For the fifth month in a row, the Labor Force, which is made up of everyone who has a job or is looking for a job, increased in September by 600 to 1,288,400.  Over the year since September 2017, the Labor Force rose by 10,200.

Although more individuals entered the labor force, the number of unemployed Mississippians decreased by 100 in September to 61,600.  Over the year since September 2017, the number of unemployed Mississippians fell by 700.

The number of people working in Mississippi rose in September by 700 to 1,226,800, which is the highest number of Mississippians with jobs since May 2008.

For the year since September 2017, employment in the state increased by 10,900.

  1. Michael says:

    I would have chosen a much different title for this article. What it fails to mention is that Mississippi still has the fourth highest rate of unemployment for any state, Also, Mississippi has the worst rate of poverty and lowest household income of any state. If the 600 jobs added are low pay, then it means little, “historic” or not.

    • Michael says:

      Sure, Sandy. Time Magazine (online) did that this year (using last sold data they could get). I’m not sure if I can post links, so I will give the info. (You can google, “This Map Shows the Average Income in Every State—and What It’s Really Worth”) Even with a cost of living ‘price parity’ of 14% below nation average, Mississippi came in last in ‘real’ median household income.

      Mississippi
      Median household income: $40,593
      Regional price parity out of 100: 86.2
      Real income: $47,092

      Our leaders are failing us.

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