From Staff Reports
Webster County’s unemployment rate for November was down from October but was up from November 2012, based on data released last week by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
The county reported a 11 percent rate, which represents about 380 people actively seeking work. Last November, that number was 10.5, but it’s improved from October’s rate of 11.5 percent.
The 12-month moving average unemployment shows Webster County at 12.5 percent. MDES statistics, which date back to 1970, show the county’s highest unemployment rate for November came in 1995, when it reached 17.1 percent. The lowest rate for that period was in 1973, when it was 2.1 percent.
Mississippi had a seasonally adjusted rate of 8.3 percent compared to the national rate of 7 percent. In November there were 1,900 more jobs in Mississippi than in October and 18,500 more than November 2012, according to the MDES’ seasonally adjusted results from a survey of Mississippi employers.
It is a common theme for rates to drop during the holiday season as workers are hired for temporary seasonal jobs, MDES labor market specialist Mary Willoughby said.
The industries reporting the greatest employment gains were trade, transportation and utilities, professional and business services, and non-durable goods.
Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate in November at 4.6 percent while Clay County had the highest rate at 16.8 percent.
November jobless rates in adjoining counties:
• Oktibbeha, 7.3 percent.
• Grenada, 7.9 percent.
• Calhoun, 8.9 percent.
• Choctaw, 9 percent.
• Montgomery, 9.9 percent.
• Chickasaw, 11.1 percent.
• Clay, 16.8 percent.