County’s unemployment rate 6.7 percent

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

For the third consecutive month, the unemployment rate in Webster County has remained the same, based on figures provided by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

November’s unemployment rate here was 6.7 percent, as it was in October and September. August’s rate was only one-tenth of a percentage point higher. Unemployment was at 7.7 percent in November 2014.

Records show the number of unemployed in the county was at 280 in November, from a labor force that totaled 4,120. The labor force decreased by 40 workers from the previous month.

NovUnemployment12-30The county has a 12-month moving average unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. MDES statistics from 1990 forward show the county’s highest unemployment rate for November came in 1995, when it reached 17.3 percent. The lowest rate for that period was in 1998, when it dropped to 3.1 percent.

Mississippi’s unemployment rate was 6 percent in November, up from 5.9 percent a month earlier, while the national average was unchanged at 5 percent, both seasonally adjusted. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month at 3.7 percent while Issaquena had the highest at 14.2 percent.

November jobless rates in adjoining counties:

• Oktibbeha, 5.1 percent.
• Calhoun, 5.5 percent.
• Grenada, 5.6 percent.
• Choctaw, 5.9 percent.
• Chickasaw, 7.2 percent.
• Montgomery, 7.8 percent.
• Clay, 9.2 percent.