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Unemployment falls in region
by Jebb Johnston
Dec 28, 2013 | 203 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Area unemployment rates eased slightly downward in labor market data for November released this week.

Alcorn County was at 7 percent in November, down from 7.4 percent in October and 7.7 percent a year earlier, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The statewide trend was similar with Mississippi’s unadjusted rate decreasing from 8.3 percent in October to 7.6 percent in November.

The county had 86 initial claims for unemployment insurance during the month, compared to 138 a year ago, and 619 continued claims, compared to 853 a year earlier. Regular benefits paid in the county totaled $88,695, down from $122,760 a year ago.

The county had 1,070 unemployed, compared to 1,200 a year earlier.

Among neighboring counties, Prentiss County was at 8.3 percent, down from 8.6 percent in October; Tippah, 9.3 percent, down from 9.8 percent; and Tishomingo, unchanged at 8.9 percent.

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased 5,400 over the month and was 18,700 higher than one year ago. Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were trade, transportation & utilities, and professional & business services.

Across the state, rates ranged from 4.6 percent in Rankin County to 16.8 percent in Clay County.

Regional and state unemployment rates were generally lower in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from October and five states had no change. Forty-two states had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier; seven states and the District of Columbia had increases; and one state had no change. The national jobless rate declined to 7 percent from October and was 0.8 percentage point lower than in November 2012.
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