- Associated Press - Saturday, May 20, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi unemployment stayed low in April, tying the record low of 5 percent since current surveys began in 1976.

March’s jobless rate was revised up slightly to 5.1 percent. A year ago, Mississippi recorded 6 percent unemployment.

More people entered the labor force and more reported having jobs.

It’s the 10th month Mississippi has dipped to 5 percent, including six months in 1999 and three in 2000.

Low unemployment nationwide means Mississippi’s jobless rate tied for seventh-highest among states. The U.S. rate fell to 4.4 percent in April from March’s 4.5 percent.

Mississippi payrolls were flat at 1.14 million in April. That separate survey - many economists’ top labor market indicator - was level with April 2016.

The U.S. Labor Department released figures Friday, adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes.

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