PRCC hosts job fair as state unemployment figures improve

PRCC hosts job fair as state unemployment figures improve

POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of students at Pearl River Community College Wednesday met face-to-face with potential employers during an annual career fair on the Poplarville campus.

More than 50 companies and organizations were represented. They included hospitals, electric power companies and law enforcement agencies.

The fair comes at a good time for students seeking jobs.

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security released statistics Wednesday showing a better job climate.

Figures show the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate d ropped one-tenth of a percentage point from 6.8 percent in December 2015 to 6.7 percent in January 2016. 

Figures also showed that the rate of Mississippians working rose for the 20th month in a row, increasing by 10,200 to 1,212,000.

That is the highest number of Mississippians working since the recession of 2008.