County loses 20500 jobs in January

County loses 20500 jobs in January”

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January held steady at 3.3 percent.

Oktibbeha County's unemployment rate rose to 4.5 percent and Starkville's unemployment rate rose to 3.7 percent in January, according to preliminary date from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

The Trade, Transportation & Utilities sector experienced 900 job losses from December, representing a 3.1 percent decline to 27,700 jobs.

"Minnesota launched the year on a positive note with 2,500 new jobs", said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. Minnesota's job count was 2,946,200 in January.

Newly revised figures indicate the state gained 20,116 jobs over the past 12 months, a 0.7 percent growth rate. That 0.7 percent job growth rate is below the 1.5 percent rate for the nation as a whole.

Government employers added 2,700 jobs.

There were 300 jobs lost in the clothing and accessories stores, construction was down 300 jobs and private education and health services were down 400 jobs. Logging and mining held steady.

Other Golden Triangle county unemployment rates for January include: Choctaw (5.9 percent), Clay (5.8 percent), Lowndes (4.7 percent), Noxubee (6.8 percent), Webster (5.1 percent) and Winston (5.7 percent).

While jobless rates for Minnesota's black and Hispanic communities continue to be higher than those of their white peers, January did bring notable gains.

And as has been the case for many months, the important manufacturing sector saw growth, jumping 3.3. percent in January.

Of the state's Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Mankato led with a 2.9 percent in the past 12 months.

The following sectors lost jobs: education and health services (down 1,700), financial activities (down 1,400) and information (down 100).

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