Webster County’s unemployment rate for October increased seven-tenths of a percentage point to 6.6%, according to figures released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
The county’s jobless rate was 5. 9% in September and 4.3% in October 2018.
MDES statistics from 1990 forward show the county’s highest unemployment rate for October came in 2002, when it reached 15.7%. The lowest rate for that period was in 1998, when it dropped to 3.8%.
The number of unemployed Webster Countians in October increased by 30 to 260. The labor force, which is made up of everyone who has a job or is looking for one, increased by 20 to 3,950.
The state’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2% in October while the national average, also unadjusted, was 3.3%. Jobless rates in adjoining counties: Calhoun, 5.3%; Chickasaw, 5.9%; Choctaw, 5.5%; Clay, 7.7%; Grenada, 4.9%; Montgomery, 5.9%; and Oktibbeha, 5.5%.