Prentiss County’s unemployment rate fell sharply in November.

The county’s October unemployment fell from 5.7 percent in October to 5 percent in November, according to the latest figures released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The slight decrease matched a similar move in the statewide rate which went from 7 percent in October to 6 percent for November.

Prentiss County had the fifth lowest rate among immediately surrounding counties. Union County and Tishomingo County were tied for the lowest rate in the region at 4.3 percent, followed by Itawamba at 4.4 percent, Alcorn at 4.6 percent and Tippah County at 4.8 percent. Prentiss was next at 5 percent. Lee County had the area’s highest figure at 5.3 percent.

Prentiss County had the 14th lowest rate among the 82 counties of Mississippi. Rankin County posted the state’s lowest rate at 3.7 percent. Jefferson County had the highest rate in the state at 16.4 percent.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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