The local jobless rate eased down a bit over the month and fell substantially from a year ago in the latest labor market report.

At 4.9 percent, the unemployment rate for April is down from the revised May rate of 5.3 percent. The pandemic unemployment surge was kicking in a year ago, pushing the county’s rate to 12.7 percent.

The county had 147 new claims for unemployment insurance in April and 726 continued claims, compared to 1,604 new claims and 4,611 continued claims a year ago.

The county had 760 counted as unemployed in April, compared to 820 a month earlier and 1,840 a year earlier. The number employed in April was 14,590, compared to 12,640 a year earlier.

Benefits paid out through all unemployment programs in Alcorn County totaled $1.22 million in April, compared to $3.3 million a year earlier.

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted non-farm employment increased 2,400 over the month and 107,400 over the year.

State unemployment held at 6.2 percent for the month in seasonally adjusted numbers. A year earlier, the state was at 15.7 percent.

Across the state, rates ranged from 3.7 percent in Rankin County to 16 percent in Jefferson County. Alcorn County ranked 13th among the 82 counties. Tishomingo County ranked sixth with a 4.5 percent rate.

Unemployment rates were lower in April in 12 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 38 states, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Forty-eight states and the District had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and two states had little change. The national unemployment rate, 6.1 percent, was little changed over the month but was 8.7 percentage points lower than in April 2020.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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