Prentiss County’s unemployment rate took a nosedive in November.
The county’s rate fell from 3.3 percent in October to 2.5 percent for November, according to the latest figures released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Prentiss County’s figure was also significantly lower than one year ago when it stood at 5.0 percent in November 2020.
The drop matched a similar decrease statewide as Mississippi’s overall unemployment rate fell from 3.9 percent in October to 3 percent for November.
Prentiss County had the fifth-lowest rate among immediately surrounding counties. Union County had the area’s lowest rate in November at 2.1 percent, followed by Tippah County at 2.2 percent, Itawamba County at 2.3 percent and Tishomingo and Lee counties tied at 2.4 percent. Prentiss was next at 2.5 percent. Alcorn County had the area’s highest rate at 2.6 percent.
Prentiss County had the 14th lowest rate among the 82 counties in Mississippi. Rankin County had the state’s lowest unemployment at 2.0 percent, while Jefferson County had the highest rate in the state at 10.2 percent.