County unemployment rate up

From Staff Reports


The unemployment rate in Webster County was 13.5 percent in June, up six-tenths of a percentage point.

The unemployment rate was 12.9 percent in May. June’s jobless rate also remained above the 13.2 percent recorded last year at this time.

As reported by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the county had a labor force of 3,380 workers in June, with 460 people without jobs. The labor force was 3,450 in May with 440 unemployed. In June 2012, the labor force was 3,350 and 440 people were also unemployed then.

Webster County’s highest unemployment rate for June came in 1982, when it reached 20.7 percent, according to MDES statistics. The lowest rate for the month was in 1973, when it dropped to 3.2 percent.

Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly to 9 percent in June, while the national rate was 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.

Rankin County posted the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 5.5 percent. Clay County had the highest rate at 20.1 percent.

June jobless rates in adjoining counties:

• Grenada, 10.1 percent.

• Choctaw, 10.7 percent.

• Calhoun, 10.9 percent.

• Oktibbeha, 11.1 percent.

• Chickasaw, 12.6 percent.

• Montgomery, 13 percent

• Clay, 20.1 percent.