Lincoln County unemployment down in October
Published Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 2:00 p.m
Unemployment has fallen in Lincoln County, but so has the available workforce.
As of October, the county had 14,320 people in the civilian workforce. Full-time students, farm workers, or military personnel are not included. The Mississippi Department of Job Security recorded 450 people in October who said they were looking for jobs and were able to work, but could not find employment in October. That’s 3.1 percent of the county’s labor pool.
In September, the county’s unemployment rate was 3.5, with 510 unemployed — 60 more than October. That month, however, there were 190 additional people in the labor force.
The county still remains below the state and national averages for the month — 3.4 each. Mississippi had 42,800 unemployed out of a labor force of more than 1.249 million. The state’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent a year ago.
The US average of 3.4 percent represents 5.609 million unemployed out of a labor force of more than 164.75 million. A year ago, the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent.
Counties bordering Lincoln had unemployment rates between 3.9 percent and 11 percent in October — Copiah, 3.9; Lawrence, 4; pike, 4.1; Valhalla, 4.6; Franklin and Amite, 4.8; and Jefferson, 11 — better prizes each.
Jefferson again maintained his bottom place percentage in all 82 counties. Humphreys County was closest at 7.4 percent. Each district had only 200 or 140 unemployed, but only a few workers. Jeffersons is 1,820 and the worker pool at Humphreys is 1,880.
Rankin County was no longer number one, a place it has held almost exclusively for quite some time. Rankin tied for second place with Lamar County at 2.5 percent. The county with the lowest unemployment rate was Lafayette at 2.4. Lafayette had 720 unemployed out of a workforce of 29,940. Rankin had 1,880 unemployed out of a pool of 75,280. Lamar had 800 unemployed out of 31,640.
Issaquena County has the smallest labor force at just 310 people. In both August and September, 20 of them were unemployed, bringing the county’s unemployment rate to 6.6 percent. Also in October only 20 were unemployed, but the percentage rose to 7.7.
In contrast, Hinds County had 3,960 unemployed. However, since the county has a workforce of 100,430, the unemployment rate was only 3.9 percent.
Monthly estimates of the labor force, employment, unemployment and the unemployment rate are produced by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program, a collaborative program between the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the State Employment Security Agencies.