Jobless dips after 600 leave workforce
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 1:00 AM
With more than 600 people dropping out of the local workforce in August, Neshoba County's unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent, the latest figures show.
That compares to an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent in July.
A drop in labor force can be attributed to such things as people exhausting their unemployment benefits and no longer looking for a job, those unemployed who have reached the age where they qualify for Social Security benefits and students leaving jobs to return to school or college, officials have said.
Neshoba County's August jobless rate was the sixth lowest of the state's 82 counties, with only Rankin, Madison, Lamar, Jones and Lafayette posting lower rates, according to the data provided by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
Out of a labor force of 13,070, Neshoba County had 12,190 people employed in August. A month earlier, the labor force was at 13,700 with 12,590 employed.
Statistics from the state Department of Employment Security, which date back to January 1970, show the county's highest unemployment rate for July came in 1986 when it reached 16.3 percent. The lowest rate for that period was in 1998 when it was 3.5 percent.
The county's highest unemployment rate for August came in 1985 when it reached 12.7 percent.
The lowest rate for the month of August was in 1974 when it dropped to 3.1 percent.
For calendar year 2012 to-date, Neshoba County's lowest jobless rate was seen in August. The highest was in January, when it was 8.2 percent.
August jobless rates in counties that adjoin Neshoba:
Winston, 12 percent.
Kemper, 12.6 percent.
Lauderdale, 8.7 percent.
Newton, 7.5 percent.
Scott, 6.8 percent.
Leake, 10 percent.
Attala, 9.8 percent.