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Miss. unemployment at 9.1% in May

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 9.1% in May, and the state was tied with Illinois for the second-highest jobless rate in the nation.

Figures were released Friday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Mississippi unemployment rate was 9.2% in April and 9.4% in March.

Nevada had the highest unemployment rate among the states in May, at 9.5%. The next highest rates were in Illinois and Mississippi, 9.1% each. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate, 3.2%.

Mississippi had a decrease of around 7,000 people in its labor force in May. The state reported almost 119,500 unemployed people during the month.

The unemployment rate is calculated by a survey that asks how many people are looking for a job.

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