Unemployment in the county stood at 5 percent for May, up from 3.9 percent in April, but still lower than a year ago when it was 5.6 percent in May 2017.
The statewide unemployment figure rose from 4.3 percent in April to 5.3 percent for May.
Prentiss County had the 15th lowest unemployment rate in the state. Rankin County had the state’s lowest rate at 3.9 percent while Issaquena County posted the highest rate in the state at 12.8 percent.
Prentiss County had the fifth lowest rate among immediately surrounding counties in May. Union County had the lowest at 4.0 percent, followed by Lee at 4.3 percent, Itawamba at 4.8 percent and Alcorn and Tippah tied at 4.7 percent. Prentiss was next at 5 percent. Tishomingo County had the area’s highest rate at 5.2 percent.