Unemployment rate holds steady

Published 7:00 am Thursday, January 14, 2016

Unemployment remained unchanged in November in Pearl River County.

Pearl River County’s unemployment rate was ranked 22nd out of 82 counties in the state during November, compared to October’s ranking of 21st.

According to information released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Pearl River County’s unemployment rate for November was 5.6 percent, which is the same as October’s.

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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Mississippi in November was 6 percent, an increase from October’s revised rate of 5.9 percent. In November of 2014, Mississippi’s adjusted unemployment rate was 7.2 percent.

Nationwide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 5 percent.

A year ago in November, the nationwide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.

Seasonally adjusted rates factor in patterns such as weather, holidays, school schedules and other occurrences that affect employment rates. Only nationwide and statewide percentages are adjusted.

Mississippi’s unadjusted rate for November decreased slightly to 5.8 percent, compared to last month’s rate at 5.9 percent, the report states.

Mississippi’s unadjusted rate for November 2014 was 6.7 percent.

Nationwide, the unadjusted unemployment rate for November 2015 at 4.8 percent remained unchanged over the month. In November of the previous year, the unadjusted unemployment rate in the United States was 5.5 percent.

Of Mississippi’s 82 counties, 28 reported unemployment rates at or below the statewide-unadjusted average of 5.8 percent. Rankin County again reported the lowest unemployment with 3.7 percent, followed by Madison County with 4.1 percent.

Issaquena County reported the highest unemployment for November at 14.2 percent followed by Humphreys County at 11.9 percent.

According to the report, in November 2015 the number of jobs in Mississippi decreased by 1,300 from October and showed an increase of 10,000 jobs from November 2014. This number is based on a survey of Mississippi employers.

Forrest, Grenada, Harrison and Lincoln counties unemployment rate was also 5.6 percent, the same as Pearl River County’s.