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Mississippi Unemployment Edges Up, Tied For 4th Highest

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Mississippi's unemployment rate in May was tied with Kentucky for the nation's fourth-highest. But that 7.7 percent rate was still well below Mississippi's 9 percent rate a year earlier.

The national unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in both April and May, as Mississippi's rose from 7.5 percent.

Preliminary data in a separate survey indicated Mississippi had gained 15,300 jobs from a year earlier, to more than 1.12 million. About 4,100 of that increase came in May.

Both sets of figures, adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes, were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

The states with the nation's highest and lowest unemployment rates remained the same: Rhode Island at 8.2 percent and North Dakota at 2.6 percent.

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