The local jobless count put Alcorn County at 5.1 percent unemployment in February, a slight rise from revised January figures.

The county ranked 14th among the 82 for the month as the rate rose from January’s 4.9 percent in not seasonally adjusted figures. The county had 790 counted as unemployed for the month, rising from 760 in January.

The county had 499 new claims for unemployment insurance, compared to 29 a year ago, and 1,094 continued claims, compared to 185 a year ago, reflecting the continued impact of the pandemic.

Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2021 was 6.3 percent, an over the month decrease of one-tenth of a percentage point from 6.4 percent in January. The rate increased five-tenths of a percentage point when compared to February 2020. The seasonally adjusted number of unemployed individuals decreased 1,200 from January.

Rates ranged from 3.9 percent in Rankin County to 15.5 percent in Jefferson County. Tishomingo County was at 4.7 percent, ranking 8th; Prentiss County, 4.8 percent, ranking 11th; and Tippah County, 5 percent, ranking 13th.

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted non-farm employment decreased 800 over the month and was 46,700 lower than one year ago. The leisure & hospitality sector recorded the largest monthly employment decrease, while the manufacturing sector had the largest monthly employment gain.

Across the U.S., unemployment rates were lower in 23 states and the District of Columbia for the month, higher in four states and stable in 23 states. Non-farm payroll employment increased in 11 states, decreased in three states and was essentially unchanged in 36 states and the District.

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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