Leflore County’s jobless rate rose last month to 7.6 percent, according to figures released today by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
Typically, the unemployment rate increases in May as school lets out and more potential workers look for employment.
Despite the rise, the jobless rate for May was the lowest it has been for that month in records going back to 1990.
Leflore County’s unemployment rate in April was 6.4 percent.
The number of unemployed in May fell by 120 from a year ago, while the number of employed was the same, suggesting those 120 either moved or gave up looking for work.
Statewide, the unemployment rate in May was 5.3 percent, higher than the April rate of 4.3 percent but lower than the May 2016 rate of 5.9 percent.
The national jobless rate last month was 4.1 percent.
Seventy-nine of Mississippi’s 82 counties had unemployment rates below 10 percent, one less than the month before.
Issaquena County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.8 percent. Rankin County had the lowest at 3.9 percent.
Leflore County had the 73rd-best unemployment rate, one spot worse than the month before.
The May rates and rankings for other nearby counties were:
nGrenada, 5.0 percent, 15th (tie).
nTallahatchie, 5.1 percent, 18th (tie).
nMontgomery, 5.2 percent, 24th (tie).
nCarroll, 6.5 percent, 56th.
nSunflower, 7.7 percent, 74th.
nHumphreys, 8.8 percent, 78th.
nHolmes, 8.9 percent, 79th.