County’s jobless rate rises to 11.1 percent in May

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

Webster County’s unemployment rate rose to 11.1 percent in May.

This compares to 10.6 percent in April and 13.7 percent in May 2011. Out of a labor force of 3,510, Webster County had 390 unemployed.

The state’s seasonally unadjusted jobless rate was at 8.9 percent in May while the national rate stood at 7.9 percent.

Statistics from the state Department of Employment Security, which date back to 1970, show the county’s highest unemployment rate for May came in 2009, when it reached 14.6 percent.

The lowest rate for the month was in 1973, when it dropped to 2.4 percent.

Only 23 counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state’s unemployment rate. Rankin County posted the lowest rate for May at 5.7 percent.

In comparison to the seven surrounding counties, Webster County’s unemployment rate for May was less than Clay (16.1 percent, the state’s highest) but more than Calhoun (8.6), Oktibbeha (9.2), Grenada (9.3), Choctaw (9.9), Chickasaw (10.2) and Montgomery (10.9).