Unemployment up in Warren, across state

Published 11:43 am Thursday, July 26, 2012

Unemployment in Warren County and in much of the state rose in June.

The countywide jobless rate was 10.9 percent, up from a revised 10.1 percent in May, according to figures released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Jobless benefits were sought by 2,390 people during the month, up from 2,200. The new report puts the county’s unemployment rate back in double digits after it dipped below 10 percent in March for the first time in 17 months.

Figures for June come less than two weeks before the Vicksburg Area Job Fair, set for Aug. 7 at Vicksburg Convention Center. Two new stores in the local retail sector will have opened, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, which opened July 24, and T.J. Maxx, on Aug. 5 in the old Kroger location on Pemberton Square Boulevard.

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Statewide unemployment was 9.8 percent in June, up from 8.9 percent in May. The rate was lower than a year ago, when it was 11.6 percent. Adjusted for seasonal factors in the workplace, June’s rate was 8.8 percent. Leisure and hospitality jobs grew, while areas such as education, health, transportation and government slipped, the report said. Nationwide, the jobless rate was 8.4 percent, up half a point.

Rankin and Clay counties registered the state’s lowest and highest respective jobless rates in June. Rankin rose two-tenths of a point, to 5.9 percent. Clay was at 17.9 percent, up nearly two points from May.

Claiborne, Sharkey and Issaquena recorded higher rates for the month. Claiborne was at 16.6 percent, up from 13.6 percent from May. Sharkey was at 12.4 percent, up from 10.7 percent. Issaquena was at 13 percent, up from 12.4.