Thursday, June 2, 2005
Local News Briefs
unemployment 8.5; DeSoto at 4.3, states lowest
The number of employed persons rose by 600 while the number of unemployed Mississippians rose by 1,400.
Job gains were reported in non-farm employment with a net gain of 2,500 jobs.
Twenty-seven counties reported unemployment rates equal or less than Mississippis rate, with DeSoto being the lowest at 4.3, followed by Rankin County with 4.5.
Marshall Countys unemployment rate was 8.5 and Bentons was 9.9. Marshall ranked 51st among the states 82 counties, while Benton ranked 65th.
Sixteen counties posted double-digit unemployment rates, with the highest rates posting at 13.8 and 13.5 percent in Issaquena and Sharkey counties.
Inclement weather conditions across the state may have put a damper on outdoor economic endeavors for March, but with better weather conditions in April, and based on historical documentation, Aprils rate should improve, said Liz Barnett, public information director.
input requested on Hazard Mitigation Plan
The purpose of the meeting is to obtain citizen input into the development of the Marshall County Hazard Mitigation Plan.
All communities are vulnerable when it comes to natural and man-made disasters. Each year, severe weather threatens the lives and property of citizens within northeast Mississippi regions. Other types of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter storms, explosions and hazardous material spills, are dangers a community could face.
Both public and private sector organizations can make a valuable contribution to the local plan. For more information, call Lisa Stevens, Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District, 662-728-6248.
officers respond to disturbances, theft, more
Chief Mike Novay released the following report 12 alarm calls, eight miscellaneous, four escorts, two disturbances, one motor vehicle accident and one theft. Officers wrote 36 citations.
Chief Novay said his department made five arrests on the following charges driving while license suspended, expired tag; contempt of court warrant; contempt of court warrant; driving while license suspended, loud music, no insurance, switched tag, no seat belt; DUI, no proof of insurance, fail to signal.
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