Kemper unemployment rate drops to 5.7%
Kemper County’s October unemployment rate stood a 5.7 percent, a nine-tenths of a percent drop when compared to the previous month, according to figures from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security figures.
When compared to the unemployment rate of 7.9 percent a year ago, during the waning months of the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment has dropped 2.2 percent in the county.
There were 190 unemployed people during October, which was 30 less than last month. Kemper County’s labor force in October stood at 3,260 people, a decrease of 40 people when compared to the September’s total.
Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October 2021 was 3.9 percent, decreasing eight-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s rate of 4.7 percent. When compared to the October 2020 rate of 6.2 percent, the rate decreased 2.3 percentage points.
The number of unemployed decreased 9,800 over the month, while the employed total increased 3,300 from the prior month. The Nation’s unemployment rate for October 2021 at 4.3 percent decreased three-tenths of a percentage point over the month and 2.3 percentage points over the year.
Mississippi’s nonfarm employment increased 15,900 over the month and 27,200 over the year. Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were trade, transportation and utilities; professional and business services; leisure and hospitality; and educational and health services.
For the month of October 2021, 27 counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state’s rate of 3.9 percent. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of October at 2.7 percent followed by Lafayette County at 2.8 percent. Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate for October at 12.2 percent followed by Humphreys County at 8.8 percent.