From state reportsr



A rise in the unemployment rate in June was typical for this time of the year in Mississippi as school was out and more people are being counted as unemployed in the job market.

Mississippi’s unemployment rate stood at 6 percent last month, up from 5.4 percent in May.

Unemployment in Kemper County was at 9 percent, up from 7.3 percent May.

Two neighboring counties beat the state average but were up. Scott County’s June 2019 unemployment rate stood at 5.1, which is up from the 4.0 percent in June 2018. Leake County’s rate for June stood at 5.9 percent.

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2019 was 6.0 percent, increasing 1.1 percentage points. When compared to the June 2018 rate of 5.8 percent, the rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point. The number of unemployed increased 14,800 over the month, while the employed total increased 1,000 from the prior month.

The Nation’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2019 at 3.8 percent was up four-tenths of a percentage point over the month, but was four-tenths of a percentage point below the year ago rate of 4.2 percent.

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment decreased 1,800 over the month but was up 19,100 from last year.

For the month of June 2019, thirty counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state’s rate of 6 percent. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of June at 4.3 percent followed by Lamar County at 4.5 percent. Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate for June at 17.2 percent followed by Claiborne County at 12.4 percent.