County jobless rate dips slightly

From Staff, Press Reports


The unemployment rate in Webster County was down slightly in April, dipping by seven-tenths of a percentage point to 11.6 percent.

However, the jobless rate remained above the 10.4 percent recorded last year at this time. The revised unemployment rate was 12.3 percent in March.

As reported by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the county had a labor force of 3,460 workers in April, with 400 people without jobs. The labor force was 3,480 in March.

Webster County’s highest unemployment rate for April came in 1982 , when it reached 20.2 percent, according to MDES statistics. The lowest rate for the month was in 1972, when it dropped to 3.3 percent.

Statewide the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Mississippi for April was 9.1 percent, a decrease from the previous month’s rate of 9.4 percent. In April of last year the rate was 9 percent.

Nationwide the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 7.1 percent, a decrease from the previous month’s rate of 7.6 percent.

Seasonally adjusted rates take into consideration patterns such as weather, holidays, school schedules and other regularly occurring events that contribute to employment rates. Only nationwide and statewide percentages are adjusted.

The unadjusted rate for the state of Mississippi in April was 8.2 percent, according to MDES. March’s unadjusted rate was 8.7 percent. 

Last year’s unadjusted rate for Mississippi in April was 8.3 percent.

Nationwide the unadjusted unemployment rate was 7.1 percent. That figure is a decrease from March’s rate of 7.6 percent.

The industries that saw the greatest amount of employment increases between March and April were leisure hospitality, construction and transportation and utilities, respectively.

April jobless rates in adjoining counties:

• Oktibbeha, 7.8 percent.

• Grenada, 8.5 percent.

• Choctaw, 8.7 percent.

• Calhoun, 9.1 percent.

• Chickasaw, 10.3 percent.

• Montgomery, 11.3 percent

• Clay, 17 percent.