From Staff Reports
Webster County’s unemployment rate was 11.5 percent in October, compared to 11.6 percent in September.
The county’s unemployment rate was 11.1 percent in October 2012. The 12-month moving average unemployment shows Webster County at 12.5 percent.
During October, the county’s labor force was 3,400. The number of employed totaled 3,010 and unemployed totaled 390.
Statistics from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, which date back to 1970, show the county’s highest unemployment rate for October came in 1982, when it reached 18.6 percent. The lowest rate for that period was in 1973, when it was 2.7 percent.
Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted rate remained at 8.5 percent compared to the national rate of 7.3 percent. The state’s unadjusted rate of 8.2 percent also topped the national unadjusted average of 7 percent.
MDES said the industry sectors that saw the largest gains in jobs in October were Government, Construction; Trade, Transportation & Utilities and Educational & Health Services.
Rankin County had the lowest October unemployment at 4.8 percent and Clay County the highest at 18.1 percent.
October jobless rates in adjoining counties:
• Oktibbeha, 7.9 percent.
• Grenada, 8.5 percent.
• Choctaw, 8.8 percent.
• Calhoun, 9.2 percent.
• Montgomery, 10.7 percent.
• Chickasaw, 11.4 percent.
• Clay, 18.1 percent.