By Russell Hood
The unemployment rate for Webster County rose to 12.1 percent for June.
That’s according to the latest data from the Mississippi
Department of Employment Security. The rate was 11.2 percent in May and 13.3 percent in June 2013. The county has a 12-month moving average unemployment rate of 11.6 percent.
Records show the number of unemployed in the county was at 400 in June, from a labor force that totaled 3,260.
MDES statistics from 1970 forward show the county’s highest unemployment rate for June came in 1982, when it reached 20.7 percent. The lowest rate for that period was in 1973, when it dropped to 3.2 percent.
Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in June, while the national average was 6.1 percent, also as seasonally adjusted.
Across Mississippi’s 82 counties, Rankin County had the lowest unemployment rate at 5.1 percent while Clay County posted the highest at 18.1 percent. Fifteen counties had higher unemployment rates than Webster.
June jobless rates in adjoining counties:
• Grenada, 8.1 percent.
• Calhoun, 9.3 percent.
• Choctaw, 10.1 percent.
• Oktibbeha, 10.1 percent.
• Montgomery, 10.9 percent.
• Chickasaw, 11.2 percent.
• Clay, 18.1 percent.