While Alcorn County went from a revised April rate of 7.4 percent to 8.3 percent in May, the county still fared better than the year-ago rate of 8.9 percent, according to data released this week by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
The state’s seasonally unadjusted rate rose from 8.2 percent in April to 9.2 percent in May.
Relative to other counties, Alcorn ranked 13th among the 82 with 1,330 unemployed, compared to 1,440 a year earlier. The number employed was 14,760, nearly unchanged from a year ago.
Initial claims for unemployment insurance in the county totaled 153, rising from 110 in April and 117 a year ago. Continued claims, numbering 869, also increased from 828 in April and 761 one year ago. Regular unemployment benefits paid in the county totaled $129,244, compared to $109,623 a year ago.
Tishomingo fared best among neighboring counties at 9.9 percent, up from 8.5 percent in April. Prentiss was at 10 percent, up from 8.4 percent, and Tippah was at 11 percent, up from 9.9 percent. Tippah and Prentiss counties have unemployment rates higher than that of one year ago.
Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased 1,400 over the month and 16,500 from one year ago. Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were leisure & hospitality and construction.
Jobless rates ranged from 5.5 percent in Rankin County to 18.5 percent in Clay County.
Across the U.S., regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Twenty-five states had unemployment rate decreases, 17 states had increases, and 8 states and the District of Columbia had no change. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, four states had increases, and five states had no change. The national jobless rate was essentially unchanged from April at 7.6 percent but was 0.6 percentage point lower than in May 2012.