JACKSON, Miss. (AP) â¿¿ The state of Mississippi is receiving of $356,271 from the U.S. Department of Labor to unemployed residents start their own businesses. The program offers training and services to unemployment insurance-eligible individuals. The Labor Department says in a news release that the purpose of the grant is to help jobless Mississippians create their own jobs and eventually start hiring employees of their own. Mississippi will use the money to develop, implement and administer a permanent self-employment assistance program for individuals who are eligible for regular state unemployment insurance. The state will partner with businesses, nonprofits and government organizations to establish and launch the program.