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Kemper County’s unemployment rate stayed about the same in February, going up one-tenth of a point to 7.3 percent when compared to the previous month according to numbers from the Mississippi Employment Security Commission.

Kemper County’s labor force in February stood at 3,430 people. Of that, 250 people were out of work.

 Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2021 was 6.1 percent, decreasing one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month’s rate of 6.2 percent.

When compared to the February 2020 rate of 5.3 percent, the rate increased eight-tenths of a percentage point.

The number of unemployed decreased 900 over the month, while the employed total increased 8,400 from the prior month.

The nation’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2021 stood at 6.6 percent decreased two-tenths of a percentage point over the month but increased 2.8 percentage points over the year.

 Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment decreased 800 over the month and was 46,700 lower than one year ago.

The Leisure & Hospitality sector recorded the largest monthly employment decrease; while, the Manufacturing sector had the largest monthly employment gain.

 For the month of February 2021, 32 counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state’s rate of 6.1 percent. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of February at 3.9 percent followed by Lafayette County at 4.3 percent. Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate for February at 15.5 percent followed by Humphreys County at 14.1 percent


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