Jobs view dims in county, state

Published 11:44 am Thursday, July 28, 2011

Joblessness in Warren County rose again in June, though not as sharply as the statewide rate.

The unemployment rate rose to 11.9 percent during the month, up a tenth of a point from May, according to totals released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Mississippi’s rate was up nearly a full point, to 11 percent from a revised 10.1 percent in May. Adjusted for seasonal factors in the workplace, the rate was 10.3 percent in June, unchanged from May.

Warren County’s labor force was 22,560, up from 22,480 in revised totals for May. The number of unemployed was 2,690, up from 2,650 last month.

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Nationally, unemployment was 9.3 percent in June, up six-tenths of a point from May. Seasonally adjusted, the rate was 9.2 percent in June, up from 9.1 percent in May.

Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment in the state in June, at 6.5 percent, up three-tenths from a revised 6.2 percent in May. Tunica County had the highest for the month, at 19.8 percent, showing drastic improvement from a 31.1 percent rate in May. The spike was attributed to nine casinos that closed most of the month due to the Mississippi River flood.

Claiborne County’s rate was 18.7 percent, up from a revised 17.7 percent in May. Issaquena County’s rate dropped to 15.4 percent, from a revised 19.8 percent in May. Sharkey County’s rate was up to 13.1 percent for the month, up from a revised 10.5 percent in May.