Compared to last March, unemployment rates in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties have changed little, while Clay County’s was down nearly 1 percent and Noxubee County’s was up 1 percent.
For the month of February, Mississippi’s jobless rate sank to the lowest it has been since October 2008. Rates in the Golden Triangle area also dropped.
There is good news in the latest state unemployment figures, which report Clay County had the highest jobless rate in the state last month.
A significant decrease in unemployment rates in December 2013 compared to December 2012 were not enough to push 2013’s overall jobless rate below 2012’s in many area counties.
Area unemployment rates for November were down from October but mostly up from November 2012, based on data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
Unemployment numbers in the Golden Triangle and across the state decreased noticeably in July.
With the exception of Clay County, the rates were down at least more than one percentage point in Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, which released updated figures Wednesday.
According to statistics released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Lowndes County has a 10.6 percent unemployment rate, an increase of 0.4-percent compared to June 2012.
Statistics released Wednesday indicated there were about 300 more people in Lowndes County last month without work than there were in May 2012.
The county’s unemployment rate is 10.1 percent — a half point above last May’s 9.6 percent. That’s about 2,750 people who are out of a job.
The decline seen in February from Lowndes County’s 11.6 employment rate in January continued in March, Mississippi Department of Employment Security statistics released Wednesday showed.
Unemployment rates are beginning to inch downward from the January highs, according to data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security Wednesday.