With a 1.5 percent increase in the labor force or 160 people, Neshoba County's unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in November.

The county's jobless rate in October was at 6.7 percent. In November 2012, the jobless rate was at 6.5 percent.

During November, Neshoba County's labor rose from 12,130 to 12,290.

However, the labor force in November 2012 was at 12,830.

Mississippi's unemployment rate was at 7.6 percent in November.

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 November jobless rate was the eighth lowest of the state's 82 counties, with only Rankin, DeSoto, Lafayette, Madison, Lamar, Scott and Jones posting lower rates.

The county had 11,540 people employed in November and 750 unemployed, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

Statistics from the state Department of Employment Security, which date back to January 1970, show the county's highest unemployment rate for November came in 1985 when it reached 12.3 percent.

The lowest rate for that period was in 1995 when it was 2.7 percent.

November jobless rates in counties that adjoin Neshoba:

• Winston, 10.7 percent.

• Kemper, 11.4 percent.

• Lauderdale, 8.1 percent.

• Newton, 6.7 percent.

• Scott, 5.5 percent.

• Leake, 8.6 percent.

• Attala, 9.6 percent.