Mississippi unemployment tops 10 percent

By WLOX Staff

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The latest unemployment numbers show that more than 10 percent of Mississippians are out of work.

The July 2009 unemployment figures were released Wednesday and show the statewide rate at 10.5 percent. That's up from the previous month's rate of 9.9 percent. The numbers were not adjusted for seasonal factors like holidays or weather.

Mississippi's numbers are even worse when you look back a year. When compared to the July 2008 rate of 8.0 percent, the rate increased over two percentage points.

The nation's not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2009 remained unchanged over the month at 9.7 percent, but was almost four percentage points higher than the year ago rate of 6.0 percent.

Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment losses were Government; and Trade, Transportation & Utilities.

For the month of July 2009, only twenty-four counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state's rate of 10.5 percent. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of July at 6.5 percent followed by Lamar County at 7.7 percent.

Sixty-one counties reported double-digit rates for the month with nine counties reporting rates greater than 15.0 percent. Three counties posted unemployment rates greater than 20.0 percent with Jefferson County having the highest rate at 21.0 percent.

In the state's six southernmost counties, George County topped the list with an unemployment rate of 11.1. Next were Pearl River County (9.8), Stone County (9.3), Jackson County (9.1) and Hancock County (8.6). Harrison County was the lowest in south Mississippi with a rate of 8.4.

Click here to view the entire Labor Market Data Report for July 2009.

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