Alcorn County reached possibly its lowest unemployment rate on record in November as 25 counties posted rates below 3 percent.

The county was at 2.6 percent, placing it 16th among the 82 counties. A year earlier, Alcorn County was at 5 percent unemployment.

Neighboring counties are also among that group of 25 – Tippah County at 2.3 percent, ranking sixth; Tishomingo, 2.4 percent, ranking 10th; and Prentiss, 2.5 percent, ranking 14th. Across the state, jobless rates ranged from 2 percent in Rankin County to 10.2 percent in Jefferson County.

Alcorn County had 30 new claims for unemployment insurance and 143 continued claims during November, compared to 185 new and 1,171 continued claims a year earlier, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security’s monthly labor report. The county had 470 counted as unemployed, compared to 510 in October and 760 a year earlier.

According to the seasonally adjusted results from a survey of Mississippi employers, there were 900 fewer jobs in Mississippi in November 2021 than in October 2021. Over the year, the number of non-farm jobs increased 23,600.

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November 2021 was 3.0 percent, decreasing nine-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s rate of 3.9 percent and 3.3 percent from 6.3 percent a year earlier. The number of unemployed decreased 11,600 over the month, while the employed total increased 6,100 from the prior month.

In seasonally adjusted figures, the state’s November rate of 5 percent is the lowest since October 2018.

The Nation’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November 2021 at 3.9 percent decreased four-tenths of a percentage point over the month and was 2.5 percentage points lower than the year-ago rate of 6.4 percent. Unemployment rates were lower in 40 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 10 states. Non-farm payroll employment increased in 16 states and was essentially unchanged in 34 states and the District, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

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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