Unemployment rate 12.1 percent

From Press & Staff Reports

Webster County’s unemployment rate was 12.1 percent in February, according to information released last week by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

MDES revised figures showthe county’s jobless rate was 12.2 percent in January and 13.8 percent in February 2013. The county’s labor force increased by 120 people and the number of unemployed increased by 10.

Statistics, which date back to 1970, show the county’s highest unemployment rate for February came in 2011 , when it reached 14.7 percent. The lowest rate for that period was in 1973, when it was 4.1 percent.

Mississippi’s unemployment rate ticked down to 7.4 percent in January, adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes. The state’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in January and 9 percent in February 2013.

Across Mississippi’s 82 counties, Rankin County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.8 percent, while Tunica County had the highest rate at 17.3 percent. Local unemployment rates, which aren’t adjusted for normal seasonal variation, rose in 40 counties from January to February, were level in 11 counties and fell in 31 counties. The national unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent in February from 6.6 percent in January. It was 7.7 percent in February 2013.

February jobless rates in adjoining counties:

  • Oktibbeha, 7.8 percent.
  • Grenada, 8.2 percent.
  • Choctaw, 8.7 percent.
  • Calhoun, 9.4 percent.
  • Montgomery, 10 percent.
  • Chickasaw, 10.3 percent.
  • Clay, 16.7 percent.