Local and state unemployment rates fell in August, while the national rate remained the same as in July and June, according to the latest labor market report by the Mississippi Department of Employment and Security.
Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties rates both fell 1 percent in August while Lowndes and Clay fell 0.7 and 0.5 percent, respectively.
Compared to a year ago, Clay and Noxubee had the most significant drops, currently sitting at 4.6 and 6.2 percent. Oktibbeha fell 2 percent to 3.8 and Lowndes fell 2.2 percent to 3.9.
On the state and national level, Mississippi fell 0.6 percent in August from 4.4 percent in July, while the nation remained at 3.8 percent.
Compared to a year ago, the state fell 1.9 percent from 5.7 percent in August 2021, and the nation decreased 1.5 percent from 5.3 percent.
The number of unemployed people in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties fell to 1,000 and 860. In contrast, Clay and Noxubee fell to 380 and 210 people, bringing the total number down by 500 in the Golden Triangle. Across all four counties, there are 2,450 people unemployed, showing a 40.9 percent fall from August 2021.
There are currently 47,200 unemployed people in the state, showing a 40 percent fall from 71,400 in August 2021. Across the nation, there are 5,256,000 compared to 8,556,000 in August 2021.
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