July unemployment drops in Pearl River County
Published 7:00 am Wednesday, August 30, 2017
The unemployment rate decreased between the months of June and July in Pearl River County.
Pearl River County’s unemployment rate was ranked 28 out of 82 counties in Mississippi during July.
According to information released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Pearl River County’s unemployment rate for July was 6.1 percent, a decrease from June’s revised rate of 6.3 percent.
In July of 2016, the revised unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in the county.
Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July was 5.2 percent, a .20 percent increase from June’s revised rate of 5 percent. In July of 2016, Mississippi’s adjusted unemployment rate was 5.9 percent.
Nationwide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July was 4.3 percent, a slight decrease from previous the month’s rate of 4.4 percent.
A year ago in July, the nationwide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 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 July remained steady at 6.1 percent, the report states.
Mississippi’s unadjusted rate for July 2016 was 6.4 percent.
Nationwide, the unadjusted unemployment rate for July was 4.6 percent, a slight decrease from the previous month’s rate of 4.7 percent. In July of the previous year, the unadjusted unemployment rate in the United States was 5.1 percent.
Of Mississippi’s 82 counties, 30 reported unemployment rates at or below the statewide-unadjusted average.
Rankin County and Union County reported the lowest unemployment with 4.1 percent followed by DeSoto County at 4.4 percent.
Jefferson County reported the highest unemployment rate for July at 17 percent followed by Holmes County at 11.7 percent.
Government jobs had the largest monthly employment loss, while trade, transportation and utilities saw the largest gains in July.