September unemployment 11.6 percent

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

Webster County’s unemployment rate increased in September to 11.6 percent, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

That is up from 10.8 percent in August but down from the 13.6 percent recorded in September 2011.

For calendar year 2012 to date, Webster County’s lowest jobless rate was seen in April, when it was at 10.6 percent. The highest was in June, when it reached 12.9 percent.

The county’s highest unemployment rate for September came in 1982, when it reached 20.7 percent. The lowest rate for that period was in 1972 and 1974, when it dropped to 3.1 percent both years.

Out of a labor force of 3,570, Webster County had 3,160 employed in September. A month earlier the labor force was 3,420 with 3,050 employed.

This year’s 11.6 percent jobless rate was higher than the overall 9 percent unemployment rate for the state and the 7.6 percent national rate.

In Mississippi, 17 counties had higher unemployment rates than Webster. Rankin recorded the lowest at 5.9 percent while Clay saw the highest at 17.1 percent.

September jobless rates in adjoining counties: • Oktibbeha, 8.5 percent. • Calhoun, 9.1 percent. • Grenada, 9.4 percent. • Choctaw, 10.4 percent. • Chickasaw, 11.4 percent. • Montgomery, 12.1 percent. • Clay, 17.1 percent.