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Number of new unemployment claims in Mississippi dropped last week

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Weekly new unemployment claims in Mississippi dropped for the second time in several weeks according to information from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Normally, Mississippi’s new unemployment claims number less than 1,000 a month.

Unemployment shot up in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis as businesses closed their doors. In Mississippi, the increase in new unemployment claims began a steady rise in mid-March, reaching their highest point the week ending April 4, with 45,852 new claims.

Claims dropped slightly, by 104 claims, for the week ending April 11 but dropped by 9,905 for the week ending April 18.

Week ending New claims
3/14/2020 1,147
3/21/2020 5,519
3/28/2020 32,015
4/04/2020 45,852
4/11/2020 45,748
4/18/2020 35,843

Since mid-March, Mississippi has seen more than 166,000 new unemployment claims.

Nationally, 4,427,000 Americans filed new claims for unemployment for the week ending April 18, which was down 810,000 from the previous week.

The national, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 11% for the week ending April 11, an increase of 2.8 percentage points from the previous week’s unrevised rate. This marks the highest level of the seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate in the history of the seasonally adjusted series

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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COVID-19

Mayor Flaggs extends Vicksburg’s mask mandate through Jan. 4

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Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during his Nov. 25 news conference. (photo via video screen grab)

Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. has extended Vicksburg’s COVID-19 Civil Emergency Order from 8 a.m. Dec. 2, through 8 a.m. Jan. 4, 2021.

The order continues the mask requirement currently in effect for public buildings and businesses, current social distancing guidelines for public or private social gatherings, and the juvenile curfew from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

A summary of the order is below.

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