Mississippi unemployment claims jump nearly 500% due to COVID-19

The number would likely be higher if not for glitches on the state’s unemployment website and overwhelmed phone lines that prevented some people from successfully filing applications. The director of Mississippi’s employment agency encourages applicants to keep trying and vows to work out the technical issues

Dream jobs: Despite politicians’ rhetoric about the economy, the reality for many working-class Mississippians is that finding stable, good-paying work is hard

Mississippi’s leaders have often boasted that good paying jobs are widely available. Mississippi Today spent several months speaking with job seekers and analyzing the state’s jobs database. We found that despite the political rhetoric, even in comparatively good economic times, getting a stable living-wage job can be very difficult