Mississippi jobless rate at 9.8 percent

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed in November to 9.8 percent from 9.7 percent in October.

Mississippi Department of Employment Security figures released Wednesday showed Nouxbee County with the highest jobless rate of 19.8 percent, with 18.3 percent in Clay and 17.9 in Holmes. The lowest rates were in Rankin County at 6.3 percent, followed by Madison at 7 percent.

The MDES says the jobless rate was half a percentage point lower than the rate a year ago, 10.4 percent. The national rate was 9.8 percent.

Last Friday, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said Mississippi — on a seasonally adjusted basis — had 3,600 more non-farm jobs last month than in November 2009.

The MDES said the number of unemployed Mississippi residents rose from 127,500 in October to 129,000 in November.