Webster County’s unemployment rate increased nine-tenths of a percentage point during June, according to preliminary numbers from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
Webster County’s unemployment rate stood at 4.4% during June, compared to 3.5% in May and 7% in June 2021. This was the 26th lowest rate in the state.
The estimated number of unemployed Webster Countians in June increased by 30 to an estimated 170. The labor force, which is made up of everyone who has a job or is looking for one, decreased by 20 to an estimated 3,970.
MDES statistics from 1990 forward show the county’s highest unemployment rate for June came in 2002 when it reached 18.9%. The lowest rate for that period was this June’s 4.4%. The 12-month moving average is 4.3%.
June jobless rates in adjoining counties: Calhoun, 4.3%; Chickasaw, 5.1%; Choctaw, 4%; Clay, 5.2%; Grenada, 3.9%; Montgomery, 4.8%; and Oktibbeha, 4.9%.
Mississippi’s unemployment rate for June was 4.5% and the national jobless rate was 3.8%, both seasonally unadjusted.