Mississippi payrolls rise in August, jobless rate flat

Mississippi employers added workers in August, with payrolls rising for the second straight month, while the unemployment rate was flat.

Used by many economists as their top labor market indicator, Mississippi payrolls increased by 3,000 to 1.15 million. That’s 12,000 more than in August 2015, but 14,000 below the state’s pre-recession high.