Mississippi Jobless Rate at 12 Percent

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi's unemployment rate stood at 12 percent in January, up from 10.3 percent in December and higher than the national rate of 10.6 percent.

The state Department of Employment Security released figures Wednesday.

Unemployment ranged from a high of 23.1 percent in Noxubee and Holmes counties to 8 percent in Rankin.

MDES says 22 of Mississippi's 82 counties posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state's rate of 12 percent and 74 counties reported double-digit rates for the month.

Unemployment rates for east Mississippi counties:

Lauderdale 12.1%
Clarke 14.2%
Newton 11.8%
Neshoba 11.5%
Kemper 13.4%
Wayne 14.8%
Jasper 13.0%


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  • by Neshoba Location: County on Mar 12, 2010 at 06:19 AM
    Thanks Anonymous, you really helped a lot. With your explanation you could probably be a teacher someday!!
  • by Lauderdale on Mar 12, 2010 at 04:15 AM
    I can't belived they blanked that out. Thank you anonymous.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:58 PM
    Neshoba you just need to get with the program. Even generations from BC understands!
  • by Neshoba Location: County on Mar 11, 2010 at 11:05 AM
    LAUDERDALE: What exactly are you trying to say? Not sure my generation understands your slang. Say what you mean or keep your thoughts to yourself. What's tree roots got to do with umemployment??
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2010 at 11:10 PM
    Actually Marice you need to thank your slapnut Gov (HALEY BARBOUR) for not being able to buy asprin without of course, a doctors note. Besides, its not Obama or anyone elses fault. Get off your lazy butt and get a job. Jobs are out there. Oh thats right, you want Obama to magically put a job in your lap huh.
  • by Maurice on Mar 10, 2010 at 06:34 PM
    Thank you obama. Guess we need free health care since we can't even buy an asprin with no jobs.
  • by Lauderdale on Mar 10, 2010 at 06:13 PM
    Yeah, but Neshoba _____ soggy tree roots.
  • by Neshoba Location: County on Mar 10, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    Neshoba has the lowest unemployment rate!!! Thank you MISSISSIPPI BAND of CHOCTAW INDIANS!!! Ya'll are the only entity in the county, promoting jobs. Supervisors are going around scratching their heads, waiting on the POWERS to BE to tell them what to do and The CDP director is still promoting his businesses and rental property. The mayor is trying, but he still has the WADDELL YEARS to deal with. So again, thank you MBCI!!!!
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