Alcorn County unemployment was 7 percent in February, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, compared to 7.1 percent in January and 9.2 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, the state’s unadjusted rate rose slightly from 7.9 percent in January to 8 percent in February. The state’s rate was 9.4 percent a year ago.
The county had initial claims for unemployment insurance numbering 57, down from 84 a year ago, and continued claims totaling 687, down from 876. Regular benefits paid during the month totaled $111,630, down from $131,260 a year earlier.
Among neighboring counties, Prentiss posted a rate of 8.6 percent, compared to 10.2 percent a year earlier; Tishomingo, 8.8 percent, compared to 10.8 percent a year earlier; and Tippah, 9.7 percent, compared to 12 percent in February 2013.
Alcorn County ranked 15th among the 82 counties as rates ranged from 4.8 percent in Rankin County to 17.3 percent in Tunica County.
Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted non-farm employment increased 2,500 over the month and was 5,800 higher than a year ago. Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were government, manufacturing, and educational & health services.
The national unadjusted rate held at 7 percent from January to February and is down from 8.1 percent a year ago.