Mississippi's unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in June, an increase of about two percentage points from the same period a year ago.
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security released the jobless figures Wednesday and it showed 129,000 people were unemployed last month, up from 127,500 in May and 102,800 in June 2008.
Mississippi's unemployment rate was 9.6 in May and 7.7 percent last June. The national unemployment rate was 9.5 percent.
Rankin County had the lowest rate in the state at 6.2 percent. Jefferson County at 20 percent had the highest rate.
Mississippi paid $35.7 million in unemployment benefits in June compared to $13 million during the same period last year.