Kemper County’s unemployment rate stands at 4.4 percent


Kemper County’s unem­ployment rate was 4.4 per­cent for December 2021, according to figures from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

That was one-10ths of a percent higher than the previous month. Compared the rate of 8.2 percent a year ago, unemployment has fallen 3.8 percent.

The unemployment rate represents the number of unemployed as a percent of the civilian labor force for the county.

Kemper County’s work­force in December was 3,290 people. Of that, there were 330 unem­ployed people during the month.

Mississippi’s not season­ally adjusted unemploy­ment rate for December 2021 at 3.1 percent had a slight one-tenth of a per­centage point increase over the month.

When compared to the December 2020 rate of 6.5 percent, the rate decreased 3.4 percentage points. The number of unemployed in­creased 1,700 over the month, while the employed total increased 2,800 from the prior month. The

Nation’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 2021 at 3.7 percent decreased two-tenths of a percentage point over the month and was 2.8 percentage points lower than the year

ago rate of 6.5 percent.

Mississippi’s nonfarm em­ployment decreased 2,500 over the month, but

was 22,900 higher than one year ago. Registering the largest monthly em­ployment gains were the Manufacturing sector and the Leisure & Hospitality sector.

For the month of Decem­ber 2021, 34 counties in Mississippi posted unem­ployment rates less than or equal to the state’s rate of 3.1 percent. Rankin and Union bounties posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of December at 2.1 percent followed by Lafayette County at 2.2

percent. Jefferson County had the highest un­employment rate for De­cember at 11.3 percent followed by Humphreys County at 7.1 percent.

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