Jobless Rate Remains Constant

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi's unadjusted jobless rate for December was 9.3 percent, which was down slightly from November.

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security released the numbers Thursday.

Preliminary figures show there were over 120,000 people unemployed in January, out of a civilian labor force of 1.3 million.

The total number of unemployed Mississippians rose by only 300 from December. The number of employed workers increased by 23,000, largely because of the reopening of businesses along the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast and cleanup and reconstruction activities.

A year ago, Mississippi's unadjusted unemployment rate was 7.8 percent.

Harrison and Sharkey Counties, at 18.5 percent, and Hancock County, at 16.8 percent, had the highest unemployment in January. DeSoto County had the lowest rate at 4.9 percent followed by Rankin County at 5.1 percent.

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