Jobless rate up slightly in Mississippi

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi’s unemployment rate rose six-tenths of a percent in September to 10.6 percent, from August, according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

The state figure for September 2010 was 10.1 percent. The nation’s seasonally adjusted rate for this September was 9.1 percent.

Rankin County had the lowest jobless rate at 6.9 percent followed by Madison County at 7.6 percent. The highest rates were 19 percent in Clay County and 18.1 percent in Holmes County.

The number of people listed as unemployed rose to 144,300 in September from 134,600 in August. The civilian labor force, which includes the employed and those actively seeking work, rose to 1.357 million from 1.338 million.