Jobs Increase in February

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced today that more
people held jobs in February 2013 than in January 2013. According to
preliminary numbers, employers reported 5,500 more jobs in February 2013,
which is an increase of 17,000 from February 2012.

At the same time, the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for
the state was 9.6 percent, up from 9.3 percent the month before. The U.S.
seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2013 declined two-tenths
of a point to 7.7 percent.

³Although it may seem strange that the number of jobs and the unemployment
rate can both move upward, the fact is that those two figures are calculated
using two separate surveys by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,² comments
Mark Henry, MDES Executive Director. ³Unemployment is calculated by a
random survey of households and the number of jobs is based on a survey of
employers.²

Additionally, BLS does not count someone who is out of work but not looking
for a job as unemployed. The latest Mississippi figures indicate more
people are beginning to search for jobs; therefore, they are now counted as
unemployed.

MDES offers free job search assistance to people searching for jobs or
looking for better jobs. Individuals can obtain assistance at their local
WIN Job Center or by visiting the agency website at mdes.ms.gov.