County unemployment rate rises for August

By DEMETRIUS THOMPSON AND STAFF REPORTS,

Newton County posted the lowest August unemployment rate since 2007 last month. The August jobless rate for the county was 5.4 percent, the lowest number for August since it was 5.0 in 2007.

Newton County was tied for the 38th lowest jobless rate in the state for August, with Chickasaw, Lowndes and Tunica counties.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2017 at 5.3 percent had a slight increase of one-tenth of a percentage point over the month.  The rate decreased five-tenths of a percentage point when compared to August 2016. 

In August 2017, the number of jobs in Mississippi was unchanged from July, according to the seasonally adjusted results from a survey of Mississippi employers.  Since August 2016, the number of jobs has increased 6,900.

Seasonally adjusted data removes the effects of events that follow a more or less regular pattern each year such as the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events. These adjustments make it easier to observe the cyclical and other non-seasonal movements in a data series. Amounts are seasonally adjusted at the national and state levels only.

Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2017 was 5.1 percent, decreasing one percentage point from the previous month’s rate of 6.1 percent.  When compared to the August 2016 rate of 5.6 percent, the rate decreased five-tenths of a percentage point.  The number of unemployed decreased 14,600 over the month, while the employed total decreased 13,400 from the prior month. 

For the month of August 2017, 30 counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state’s rate of 5.1 percent. 

Rankin and Union counties posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of August at 3.5 percent followed by DeSoto and Lamar Counties at 3.7 percent. 

Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate for August at 14.9 percent followed by Claiborne County at 10.1 percent.