County jobless rate up

From Staff, Press Reports


The unemployment rate in Webster County was 12.8 percent in May, up 1.2 percentage points.

May’s jobless rate also remained above the 11.4 percent recorded last year at this time. The unemployment rate was 11.6 percent in April.

As reported by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the county had a labor force of 3,450 workers in May, with 440 people without jobs. The labor force was 3,460 in April with 400 unemployed. In May 2012, the labor force was 3,480 and 400 people were also unemployed then.

Webster County’s highest unemployment rate for May came in 1992 , when it reached 18.9 percent, according to MDES statistics. The lowest rate for the month was in 1973, when it dropped to 2.4 percent.

Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly to 9.1 percent in May, while the U.S. rate was 7.3 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.

Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate at 5.5 percent. Clay County had the highest rate at 18.5 percent.

May jobless rates in adjoining counties:

• Oktibbeha, 9.3 percent.

• Grenada, 9.6 percent.

• Choctaw, 9.9 percent.

• Calhoun, 10.3 percent.

• Chickasaw, 11.6 percent.

• Montgomery, 12 percent

• Clay, 18.5 percent.