Unemployment in county less than state average

Published 7:00 am Friday, August 23, 2019

The unemployment rate within Pearl River County was lower than the statewide-unadjusted average for the month of July. During that month, Pearl River County’s rate tied for 14th with four other counties, all reporting a percentage of 5.6. The statewide average was 6.1 percent.

According to information released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security this week, Pearl River County’s revised unemployment rate for June was 5.7 percent. In July of 2018, the unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in the county.

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Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July was 5.1 percent, slightly more than June’s revised rate of 5 percent.

In July of 2018, Mississippi’s adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent.

Nationwide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July was 3.7 percent, the same as the previous month’s rate.

In July of last year, the nationwide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent.

Seasonally adjusted rates factor in 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 July was 6.1 percent, June’s rate was 6 percent, the report states.

Mississippi’s unadjusted rate for July 2018 was 5.3 percent.

Nationwide, the unadjusted unemployment rate for July was 4 percent, a slight decrease from the previous month’s rate of 3.8 percent. In July of the previous year, the unadjusted unemployment rate in the United States was 4.1 percent.

Of Mississippi’s 82 counties, 28 reported unemployment rates at or below the statewide-unadjusted average of 6.1 percent.

Rankin County reported the lowest unemployment rate during July with 4.2 percent with Union County close behind with a rate of 4.5 percent.

Jefferson County reported the highest rate, at 18.33 percent, with Claiborne County reporting a rate of 13.1 percent.