Kemper County’s unemployment rate up .5 percent


By Steve Swogetinsky

The Kemper Messenger

Kemper County’s unemployment rate in October stood at 9.2 percent, up .5 percent from the previous month according to numbers from the Mississippi Employment Security Commission.

The unemployment rate stood at 7.8 percent in October 2019.

This was an improvement from earlier this year during the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kemper County’s unemployment rate reached 13,9 percent in April and 11 percent in May.

Kemper County’s labor force in October stood at 3,440, down 50 people from the previous month. Of that, 320 people were out of work which was up 100 from the previous month.

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October 2020 was 7.0 percent, increasing one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month’s rate of 6.9 percent. When compared to the October 2019 rate of 5.1 percent, the rate increased 1.9 percentage points.

The number of unemployed increased 100 over the month, while the employed total decreased 8,100 from the prior month.

The Nation’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October 2020 at 6.6 percent decreased 1.1 percentage points over the month, but increased 3.3 percentage points over the year. Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased 11,200 over the month but was 27,400 lower than one year ago.

Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were Leisure & Hospitality; Trade, Transportation & Utilities; and Professional & Business Services.

For the month of October 2020, thirty-two counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state’s rate of 7.0 percent. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of October at 4.2 percent followed by Lafayette County at 4.8 percent. Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate for October at 17.2 percent followed by Wilkinson County at 15.8 percent. 

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