State Jobless Numbers Remain High

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Mississippi's unemployment rate for December was 9.3 percent, down slightly from the November revised rate.

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security had initially reported the November rate was 8.9 percent, but it was later adjusted to 9.4 percent. A year ago, the December unemployment rate stood at 6.2 percent.

Officials say the December 2005 rate shows Hurricane Katrina is still wreaking havoc with Mississippi's labor force.

Nationally, the unadjusted jobless rate in December was 4.6 percent, down from 4.8 percent in November.

In Mississippi, Harrison County at 22.1 percent and Hancock County at 21 percent had the highest unemployment in the state in December. Jackson County had an unemployment rate of 15.2 percent. DeSoto County had the lowest rate at 5 percent.