Unemployment rate 12 percent

From Staff Reports

Webster County’s unemployment rate was 12 percent in March, according to information released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. This was the 15th-highest rate in the state.
The number of unemployed in the Webster County was at 400 in March, from a labor force that totaled 3,300.
The county’s jobless rate was 12.1 percent in February and 11.8 percent in March 2013. The county’s has a 12-month moving average unemployment rate of 11.8 percent.
Statistics, which date back to 1970, show the county’s highest unemployment rate for March came in 1975 , when it reached 19 percent. The lowest rate for that period was in 1973, when it was 3.4 percent.
Mississippi’s unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in March, adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes. The national average was 6.7 percent, also as adjusted.
Across Mississippi’s 82 counties, Rankin County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.7 percent while Issaquena County posted the highest at 17.5 percent.
March jobless rates in adjoining counties:

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Unemployment rates by county. (Click to enlarge)

  • Oktibbeha, 8 percent.
  • Grenada, 8.1 percent.
  • Choctaw, 8.7 percent.
  • Calhoun, 9.4 percent.
  • Montgomery, 10.2 percent.
  • Chickasaw, 10.3 percent.
  • Clay, 17.2 percent.