Neshoba County unemployment rate increases

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Neshoba County’s unemployment rate went up three-tenths of a point during March, according to numbers from the Mississippi Employment Security Commission.

Neshoba County’s rate stood at 6.1% during March, up from 5.8% in February. Unemployment stood at 6.3% in March 2020.

Neshoba County’s labor force in March was at 10,050 people. Of that, 620 people were out of work.

Here is a look at the unemployment rates in neighboring counties.

March 2021 February 2021 March 2020

Kemper      7.9         7.3       8.5

Leake          6.2      6.2         6.5

Lauderdale   5.9         5.8      6.3

Newton       6.1        5.8        5.7

Scott           5.0      4.9         4.6

Noxubee     9.0     8.9      8.1

Winston      7.0      6.9      6.2

Attala         6.9      6.7     6.5      

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2021 was 6.3%, an increase of two-tenths of a percentage point over the month and one-tenth of a percentage point over the year.

The estimated number of unemployed people increased 1,900 over the month, while the employed total decreased 4,500 from the prior month. The nation’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2021 at 6.2% decreased four-tenths of a percentage point over the month but increased 1.7 percentage point over the year.

For the month of March 2021, 33 counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state’s rate of 6.3%. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of March at 3.9% . Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate for March at 16.7%.


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