Pearl River County unemployment rate drops slightly
Published 7:00 am Tuesday, October 10, 2017
The unemployment rate decreased between the months of July and August in Pearl River County.
Pearl River County’s unemployment rate was ranked 35th out of 82 counties in Mississippi during August.
According to information released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Pearl River County’s unemployment rate for August was 5.3 percent, which is a decrease from July’s revised rate of 6.1 percent. In August of 2016, the unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in the county.
Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August was 5.3 percent, a slight increase from July’s revised rate of 5.2 percent. In August of 2016, Mississippi’s adjusted unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.
Nationwide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August was 4.4 percent, a slight increase from previous the month’s rate of 4.3 percent.
A year ago in August, the nationwide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent.
Seasonally adjusted rates take into account annual 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 August was 5.1 percent, a decrease from the previous month’s rate of 6.1 percent, the report states.
Mississippi’s unadjusted rate for August 2016 was 5.6 percent.
Nationwide, the unadjusted unemployment rate for August was 4.5 percent, a slight decrease from the previous month’s rate of 4.6. In August of the previous year, the unadjusted unemployment rate in the United States was 5 percent.
Of Mississippi’s 82 counties, 30 reported unemployment rates at or below the statewide-unadjusted average of 5.1 percent.
Rankin County and Union County reported the lowest unemployment with 3.9 and 4 percent respectively.
Issaquena County reported the highest unemployment for August at 3.5 percent followed by Desoto and Lamar County at 3.7 percent.
Jefferson County reported the highest rate, at 14.9 percent, with Claiborne County’s 10.1 percent following behind.