Unemployment in Prentiss County continued a downward trend last month.

The county’s unemployment rate fell to 8 percent for the month of June, down from 8.3 percent in May, according to the latest figures released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The rate remains significantly higher than a year ago when it stood at 5.8 percent in June of 2019.

Mississippi’s overall statewide unemployment rate also fell in June to 9.7 percent, down from 10.4 percent in May. A year ago the figure stood at 6.4 percent.

Prentiss County posted the fourth lowest rate among immediately surrounding counties. Alcorn County had the area’s lowest rate at 7 percent, followed by Tishomingo County at 7.2 percent and Itawamba County at 7.9 percent. Prentiss and Tippah counties were both next, tied at 8 percent. Union County followed at 8.2 percent. Lee County had the area’s highest rate at 10.3 percent.

Prentiss County has the 12th lowest rate among the state’s 82 counties. Smith County had the lowest rate in the state at 6.1 percent. Jefferson County had the state’s highest figure at 21.3 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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