From state reports



The unemployment rate in July stayed about the same as last month across. The state.

Higher rates are typical for this time of the year and should begin to drop next month as Mississippi schools started a new year.

Mississippi’s unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent last month, up slightly from the 6.1 percent in Mississippi.

Unemployment in Kemper County last month was at 9.3 percent, up from 9 percent June.

Two neighboring counties beat the state average. Scott County’s July 2019 unemployment rate stood at 5.1, which is up from the 4.5 percent in July 2018. Leake County’s rate for July stood at 6 percent, up from 5.4 percent in July 2018.

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2019 was 6.1 percent, increasing onetenth of a percentage point over the month.

When compared to the July 2018 rate of 5.3 percent, the rate increased eight-tenths of a percentage point. The number of unemployed increased 1,500 over the month, while the employed total increased 7,000 from the prior month.

The Nation’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2019 at 4.0 percent increased two-tenths of a percentage point over the month, but decreased one-tenth of a percentage point from a year ago. Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment decreased 10,100 over the month but was 23,900 higher than one year ago.

The Government sector registered the largest monthly employment loss, followed by the Professional & Business Services sector. For the month of July 2019, twenty-eight counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than the state’s rate of 6.1 percent. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of July at 4.2 percent followed by Union County at 4.5 percent. Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate for July at 18.3 percent followed by Claiborne County at 13.1 percent.