County’s jobless rate drops

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

Webster County’s unemployment rate in February fell to 13.8 percent,
down from January’s revised rate of 14.9 percent.

However, February’s jobless rate was a full percentage point higher
than the 12.8 percent recorded the same month a year ago.

As reported by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the
county had a labor force of 3,490 workers in February, with 480
people without jobs. The labor force was 3,420 in January.

Webster County’s highest unemployment rate for February came in
2011 , when it reached 14.7 percent, according to MDES statistics.
The lowest rate for the month was in 1973, when it dropped to 4.1
percent.

Statewide, unemployment rose from 9.3 percent to 9.6 percent based on
seasonally adjusted data. The national unemployment rate fell to 7.7
percent in February from 7.9 percent in January. County figures are
not seasonally adjusted.

February jobless rates in adjoining counties:
• Oktibbeha, 9.6 percent.
• Grenada, 10.7 percent.
• Choctaw, 10.8 percent.
• Calhoun, 10.9 percent.
• Chickasaw, 12.2 percent.
• Montgomery, 13.1 percent
• Clay, 19.3 percent.