Jackson, Miss. According to figures released by the state, unemployment rates fell from June to July in 62 of Mississippi's 82 counties,were higher in 17 counties, and stayed level in three.
Jobless rates also fell from July 2013 in 69 counties, rose in eleven and remained flat in two counties.
Rankin County's 4.7 percent remained the lowest jobless rate. Holmes County's 19 percent was the state's highest.
Labor forces often peak in June as students seek jobs, and many counties saw unemployment fall in July because fewer people sought work. The number of people telling surveyors they had jobs fell in 53 counties.
County-level rates aren't adjusted to cancel out predictable seasonal changes.
Seasonally adjusted, Mississippi's jobless rose from 7.9 percent in June to 8 percent in July, the highest nationwide. July 2013's rate was 8.7 percent.
Area counties - July 2014 June 2014
Clarke 9.8 9.6
Kemper 13.1 14.6
Lauderdale 8.2 8.4
Neshoba 6.3 6.7
Newton 7.4 7.8