At 5.1 percent in December, the rate rose from 4.8 percent in November, while the rate stood at 6.5 percent in December 2015. The county ranked 11th among the 82 counties, tying with Tippah, Choctaw and Calhoun. Rates across the state ranged from 4 percent in DeSoto County to 17.2 percent in Issaquena County.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Alcorn County numbered 66 in December, compared to 87 a year earlier. Continued claims numbered 312, compared to 414 a year ago.
The county had 820 counted as unemployed for the month, down from 1,020 in December 2015. Those categorized as employed totaled 15,390, rising from 14,760 a year earlier.
Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 2016 was 5.7 percent, increasing five-tenths of a percentage point from November’s rate of 5.2 percent. When compared to the December 2015 rate of 7.1 percent, the rate decreased 1.4 percentage points. It is the state’s lowest rate since January 2004, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
The number of unemployed increased 6,400 over the month, while the employed total decreased 2,100 from the prior month. The Nation’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 2016, at 4.5 percent, increased one-tenth of a percentage point over the month but was three-tenths of a percentage point lower than the year-ago rate of 4.8 percent.
Unemployment rates were significantly lower in December in 10 states, higher in one state, and stable in 39 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Eleven states had notable jobless rate decreases from a year earlier; two states had increases; and 37 states and the District had no significant change. The national unemployment rate, 4.7 percent, was little changed from November but 0.3 percentage point lower than in December 2015.