Alcorn County unemployment rose modestly over the month and over the year in the latest jobs report from the state.

At 5.4 percent for March, the county ranked favorably at 11th out of the 82 counties. The rate rose from 5.1 percent in February and 4.8 percent a year ago in not seasonally adjusted figures.

The county had 820 categorized as unemployed, compared to 780 a year ago.

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in the county totaled 305, compared to 683 a year ago, while continued claims totaled 932, up from 409 a year ago. Regular benefits paid out in the county totaled $122,749, and benefits paid through all programs in the county totaled $1.579 million.

In the region, Tishomingo County was at 5.1 percent, ranking 8th; Tippah County, 5.6 percent, ranking 13th; and Prentiss County, 5.7 percent, ranking 15th.

Mississippi’s jobless rate was even at 6.3 percent in seasonally adjusted figures and also 6.3 percent in not seasonally adjusted figures, rising 0.2 percentage points over the month 0.1 percentage points over the year. Compared to one year ago, the number of non-farm jobs decreased by 34,100.

Across the state, rates ranged from 3.9 percent in Rankin County to 16.7 percent in Jefferson County.

In March, unemployment rates were lower in 20 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 30 states. Non-farm payroll employment increased in 29 states and was essentially unchanged in 21 states and the District. The national jobless rate, not seasonally adjusted, was 6.2 percent, down 0.4 percentage points over the month and rising 1.7 percentage points over the year.

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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