County jobless rate rises to 7.4 percent during month of June
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 1:00 AM
Neshoba County's unemployment rate rose to 7.4 percent in June.
The county's jobless rate in May was at 7.1 percent.
During June, Neshoba County's labor force rose from 13,050 to 13,350.
Mississippi's unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in June while the national rate was at 7.8 percent.
Statewide, there were 5,400 moire jobs than in May 2013 and 27,700 more than June 2012, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced.
"Although it may seem strange that the number of jobs and the unemployment rate can both move upward, the fact is that those two figures are calculated using two separate surveys by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics," said Mark Henry, MDES Executive Director.
"Unemployment is calculated by a random survey of households and the number of jobs is based on a survey of employers."
Additionally, labor statistics do not count someone who is out of work but not looking for a job as unemployed.
Neshoba County's June jobless rate was the sixth lowest of the state's 82 counties, with only Rankin, DeSoto, Madison, Lamar and Jones posting lower rates.
The county had 12,360 people employed in June and 990 unemployed, the report said.
Statistics from the state Department of Employment Security, which date back to January 1970, show the county's highest unemployment rate for June came in 1982 when it reached 14.1 percent.
The lowest rate for that period was in 1998 when it was 4 percent.
June jobless rates in counties that adjoin Neshoba:
Winston, 13 percent.
Kemper, 15.2 percent.
Lauderdale, 9.9 percent.
Newton, 9.1 percent.
Scott, 7.5 percent.
Leake, 11.5 percent.
Attala, 11.6 percent.