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Mississippi's jobless rate remains highest in America.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI -- The state's unemployment rate continued to go in the wrong direction in July, remaining the highest in the nation.

The jobless rate rose to 8 percent in July, the third straight monthly increase, as the number of people reporting they had a job fell faster than the labor force.

Mississippi's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in June, but was below the 8.7 percent rate of July 2013.

A separate survey showed employer payrolls rose slightly.

Both sets of figures--adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes--were released Monday by the U.S. Labor Department.

The report said 101,200 Mississippians were unemployed in July, up by fewer than 1,000 from June but down from 111,200 without jobs in July 2013. The number of Mississippians looking for a job fell in July, but the number of people saying they had work fell faster, driving up the number of jobless people and the unemployment rate.

Jobless rates rose in 30 states, fell in eight and were unchanged in 12. North Dakota retained the nation's lowest jobless rate at 2.8 percent.

The national unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent in July from 6.1 percent in June. That's lower than the 7.3 percent rate in July 2013.

--from staff and MBJ wire services

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