Leflore County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in February, according to figures released last week by the Mississippi  Department of Employment Security.

The jobless rate in January was 8.1 percent. Although February’s figure would be slightly higher than the same month a year ago, the state agency has cautioned that county comparisons are not completely valid until its annual revision of labor force estimates from previous years is completed.

In February, the number of employed rose by 40 compared to the previous month, while the number of unemployed fell by 90.

Statewide, the unemployment rate in February was 4.8 percent, down from the January rate of 5.2 percent and the February 2018 rate of 4.9 percent.

The national jobless rate in February was 4.1 percent.

Seventy-nine of Mississippi’s 82 counties had unemployment rates below 10 percent, one more than the month before.

Rankin County had the state’s lowest rate at 3.5 percent. Jefferson County, at 12.8 percent, had the state’s highest.

Leflore County had the 71st best unemployment rate, one better than the month before.

The February rates and rankings for other nearby counties were:

• Grenada, 4.6 percent, 16th (tie).

• Montgomery, 5.5 percent, 43rd (tie).

• Carroll, 5.6 percent, 48th (tie).

• Tallahatchie, 6.3 percent, 64th.

• Sunflower, 8.9 percent, 76th (tie).

• Holmes, 9.5 percent, 79th.

• Humphreys, 10.2 percent, 80th.

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