From Staff Reports
Webster County’s unemployment rate declined slightly to 11.6 percent in August, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 11.9 percent in July.
The county’s unemployment rate was also 11.6 percent in August 2012.
During August, the county’s labor force increased from 3,360 to 3,440. The number of employed totaled 3,040 and unemployed totaled 400.
Statistics from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, which date back to 1970, show the county’s highest unemployment rate for August came in 2002, when it reached 17.6 percent.
The lowest rate for that period was in 1973 when it was 2.3 percent.
Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in August while the U.S. rate was 7.3 percent.
Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for August at 4.7 percent while Clay County had the highest rate at 18.3 percent.
August jobless rates in adjoining counties:
• Grenada, 8.5 percent.
• Oktibbeha, 8.8 percent.
• Choctaw, 9 percent.
• Calhoun, 9.8 percent.
• Montgomery, 10.8 percent.
• Chickasaw, 11.9 percent.
• Clay, 18.3 percent.