Mississippi Unemployment Rate Tops 10 Percent

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi's jobless rate exceeded 10 percent in July. Three counties had unemployment above 20 percent.

Numbers released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security show the state's unemployment rate jumped to 10.5 percent last month, up from a revised 9.9 percent during June. Last July, the unemployment rate was 8 percent.

July's seasonally adjusted rate in the state was 9.7 percent, equal to the national average.

Rankin County had the lowest unemployment rate at 6.5 percent. Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate at 21 percent. The southwest Mississippi county's unemployment rate was 20 percent last month.

Holmes County recorded a 20.3 percent unemployment rate during July and Clay County's rate was 20.1 percent.

Jobless rates for July in east central Mississippi:
Noxubee 19.5%
Jasper 12.4%
Kemper 12.1%
Clarke 11.7%
Wayne 11.6%
Lauderdale 9.8%
Newton 9.8%
Neshoba 9.4%
Scott 7.8%

A link is provided below to view the July unemployment rates for all Mississippi counties.


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