Jobless Rate Dips

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Mississippi's unemployment rate decreased to six percent in July. That's down from 6.2 percent in June. The state Department of Employment Security released the unemployment figures Tuesday.

Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate at 21 percent. Holmes County had the second-highest at 16.4 percent.

Twenty-one counties posted rates higher than 10 percent. Rankin County had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.5 percent.

Lamar County remained unchanged at three percent and DeSoto dropped to 3.2 percent.

The nation's unadjusted unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in July, down from 5.8 percent in June. The seasonally adjusted rate for the nation was 5.5 percent in July, down from 5.6 percent in June.