At 7.5 percent in August, the rate is down from 7.6 percent in July and 8.5 percent a year ago, according to figures released this week by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The county ranked 16th among the 82 counties for August.
The county had 1,150 unemployed, compared to 1,320 a year earlier, and 14,150 employed, compared to 14,200 in August 2012.
Alcorn County had 103 initial claims for unemployment insurance during the month, compared to 119 a year ago, and 786 continued claims, compared to 763 a year earlier. Regular benefits paid in the county totaled $126,340, up from $111,045 a year ago, while benefits paid in all programs totaled $221,935, down from $289,326 a year earlier.
Among neighboring counties, Tishomingo was at 8.9 percent, down from 10 percent a year earlier; Prentiss, 8.8 percent, unchanged; and Tippah, 10.3 percent, down from 10.6 percent.
Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted non-farm employment increased 8,500 over the month and was 18,200 more than one year ago. Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were government; professional & business services; educational & health services; and manufacturing.
Across the state, rates ranged from 4.7 percent in Rankin County to 18.3 percent in Clay County.
Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in August, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate increases; 17 states had decreases; and 15 states had no change. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier; 12 states had increases; and two states had no change. The national jobless rate was little changed from July at 7.3 percent and was 0.8 percentage point lower than in August 2012.