County jobless rate down to 11.9 percent in July

From Staff Reports


Webster County’s unemployment rate decreased to 11.9 percent in July.

The county’s adjusted unemployment rate in June was 13.6 percent. However, July’s jobless rate was up a full percentage point from the same month last year.

During July, Webster County’s labor force fell from 3,390 to 3,360, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, which released updated figures Aug. 21.

The county had 2,960 people employed in July and 400 unemployed, the report shows.

Statistics from MDES, which date back to 1970, show the county’s highest unemployment rate for July came in 2002, when it reached 18.4 percent.

The lowest rate for the month was in 1973, when it was 3.4 percent.

Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in July while the national rate was at 7.4 percent. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month at 4.6 percent while Clay had the highest at 19 percent.

July jobless rates in adjoining counties:

• Grenada, 8.7 percent.

• Choctaw, 9.4 percent.

• Oktibbeha, 9.7 percent.

• Calhoun, 9.8 percent.

• Montgomery, 11.3 percent.

• Chickasaw, 11.8 percent.

• Clay, 19 percent.