By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
The unemployment rate for Webster County dropped to 10.2 percent for April.
That’s according to the latest data from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The rate was 12 percent in March and 11.4 percent in April 2013. The county has a 12-month moving average unemployment rate of 11.8 percent.
Records show the number of unemployed in the county was at 340 in April, from a labor force that totaled 3,290.
MDES statistics, which date back to 1970, show the county’s highest unemployment rate for April came in 1982 , when it reached 20.2 percent. The lowest rate for that period was in 1972, when it dropped to 3.3 percent.
Mississippi’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in April, adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes. Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were Leisure and Hospitality, Construction, and Professional and Business Services. The national average was 6.3 percent, also as adjusted.
Across Mississippi’s 82 counties, Rankin County had the lowest unemployment rate at 6.8 percent while Issaquena County posted the highest at 16.3 percent.
April jobless rates in adjoining counties:
- Grenada, 6.7 percent.
- Oktibbeha, 6.8 percent.
- Choctaw, 7.7 percent.
- Calhoun, 7.9 percent.
- Montgomery, 8.7 percent.
- Chickasaw, 9 percent.
- Clay, 14.7 percent.