The rate rose from 5 percent in August while improving upon the 5.6 percent jobless rate posted in September 2015. Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted rate held steady from August to September at 6 percent, while the not adjusted rate went from 5.7 percent in August to 5.8 percent in September.
Alcorn County had 830 unemployed in September, compared to 870 a year ago, according to the labor market report released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The number employed was 14,810, rising from 14,540 a year earlier.
The county had 49 first-time claims for unemployment benefits during the month, compared to 78 a year ago, and 315 continued claims, down from 428 a year ago. Benefits paid in the county totaled $47,272, compared to $57,995 a year ago.
Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted non-farm employment increased 4,500 over the month and was 5,400 higher than one year ago. Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were government and educational & health services.
Across the state, rates ranged from 4.1 percent in Rankin County to 12.4 percent in Jefferson County.
Unemployment rates were significantly lower in September in seven states, higher in one state and stable in 42 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Six states had notable jobless rate decreases from a year earlier; four states had increases; and 40 states and the District had no significant change. The national unemployment rate was 5 percent in September, little changed from that of both August 2016 and September 2015.