By Jeff Amy
JACKSON – Mississippi’s jobless rate dipped in March for the third month in a row, although employer payrolls shrank.
The unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent, down from 7 percent in February and 7.8 percent in March 2014. The number of Mississippians saying they had a job rose, while the number of unemployed people fell.
Mississippi continues to have the second highest jobless rate behind Nevada
A separate survey shows payrolls fell by 4,300 in March, as gains recorded in February slipped away. Total payrolls were about 7,000 higher than in March 2014.
Both sets of figures – adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes – were released Tuesday by the U.S. Labor Department.
The report found 85,000 Mississippians were unemployed in March, down slightly from February and almost 13,000 below March 2014.