From state reports

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2019 was 4.6 percent, decreasing two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s rate of 4.8 percent.

Only one area county was below the state average. Scott County stood at 3.8 percent in April, the same as March 2019. Kemper County’s unemployment rate for April was 6.7 percent,, up from the 6.5 rate in March. In April 2018, the county’s rate was 7.0 percent.

Unemployment rates in other East Mississippi counties are as follows:

April 2019March 2019

Neshoba County 5.2 5.1

Lauderdale 4.8   4.9

Leake   4.7   5.0

Newton 5.9   4.9

Noxubee      5.9 6.4

Scott   3.8   3.8

Winston  5.3  5.7


Statewide, when compared to the April 2018 rate of 4.3 percent, the rate increased three-tenths of a percentage point. The number of unemployed decreased 2,100 over the month, while the employed total increased 7,800 from the prior month. The Nation’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2019 at 3.3 percent was down six-tenths of a percentage point from 3.9 percent in March 2019 and four-tenths of a percentage point from 3.7 percent in April 2018.

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased 8,500 over the month

and 12,000 over the year. Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were Leisure & Hospitality; Trade, Transportation & Utilities; and Manufacturing.

For the month of April 2019, 26 counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates

less than or equal to the state’s rate of 4.6 percent. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment

rate for the month of April at 3.4 percent followed by Lamar and Union counties at 3.6 percent. Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate for April at 10.9 percent followed by Issaquena County at 9.3 percent.