Unemployment rate looms at 20 percent mark
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced that more people held jobs in February 2013 than in January 2013. According to preliminary numbers, employers reported 5,500 more jobs in February 2013, which is an increase of 17,000 from February 2012.
Locally, Tunica County posted an unadjusted unemployment rate of 20.1, putting it over 20 percent for the second consecutive month. Adjusted figures for January listed the unemployment rate at 17.5 percent.
Lyn Arnold, president and chief executive officer of the Tunica County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation, said that winter months in Tunica County have historically been slower for the local job market.
Town election draws four
Following the qualifying deadline on March 8, citizens will decide races in two town wards. Town clerk Celia Boren said there will be no race for mayor as incumbent Chuck Cariker was the only candidate to submit paperwork.
Happy birthday, Dr. Suess!
Local parents and kids honored Dr. Seuss with stories and crafts on March 5 at the Tunica Literacy Council.
Tunica Wholesale pairs variety, convenience
In October 2011, Tunica Wholesale opened its doors at the former location of Mike’s Quick Stop on Highway 61 in Tunica.
Now, the year-and-a-half year old business has expanded and, just last week, relocated to a new, larger location – the former showroom of the original Jack Roberts Chevrolet, just in front of Delta Tire and Alignment.
“We got moved last Tuesday, so Wednesday of last week was our first day here,” said Natasha Tucker, who owns and operates Tunica Wholesale with her husband Erick.
“We moved from there because the space was too small. We were adding more merchandise and didn’t have anywhere to put it. This location gives us a lot more room to operate,” Tucker said.
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