US gains 223K jobs; unemployment at 18-year low of 3.8 pct.- WLBT

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers extended a streak of solid hiring in May, adding 223,000 jobs and helping lower the unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent in April.

Average hourly pay rose 2.7 percent from a year earlier, a slightly faster annual rate than in April, the Labor Department reported Friday. But pay growth remains below levels that are typical when the unemployment rate is this low.


Still, the report shows that the nearly 9-year old economic expansion – the second-longest on record – remains on track. Employers appear to be shrugging off recent concerns about global trade disputes.

City of Jackson’s Director of Department of Administration resigns – WLBT

Dr. Charles Hatcher, Director of the Department of Administration for the City of Jackson has resigned. According to Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba the resignation was fueled by personal reasons.

Child welfare advocates: Strip foster care system from state

Clarion Ledger:

A children’s rights group is asking a federal judge to appoint an independent party to oversee Mississippi’s troubled child welfare system, saying the state has failed to adequately protect children in its care for the past decade.

The request from A Better Childhood, a national child welfare advocacy organization, to place a receiver over the state’s foster care system stems from what lawyers say is the state’s failure to comply with terms from a 2008 settlement reached in what’s known as the Olivia Y lawsuit.