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Unemployment rate in Lincoln County holds steady for September

Lincoln County’s unemployment rate held steady in September at 5.7 percent, according to preliminary statistics released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. This puts the county within one-tenth of the state average, which sits at 5.8 percent.

The unemployment rate covers those who are unemployed but who are actively seeking employment. MDES calculates the unemployment rate by surveying how many people are seeking a job. This includes people who look for work sporadically or who work part-time because they cannot find a full-time job.

Out of 82 total counties, 31 have an unemployment rate equal to or less than the state average. Rankin County has the lowest rate at 4.1 percent, while Jefferson has the highest at 12.4 percent. Lincoln county is ranked 26th in the state, along with Neshoba County, which had the same unemployment rate.

Out of all the counties in Mississippi, only seven were at or below September’s national unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

Lincoln County had 13,710 employed people in September, out of a labor force of 14,540. The 5.7 percent jobless rate translates to 830 people unemployed. In September 2015, the county had 13,680 people employed from a labor force of 14,570. The jobless rate was 6.1 percent or 890 people.

There were about 73,800 unemployed Mississippians in September, out of a labor force of 1,280,800. The workforce rose slightly from August, where the revised statistics report 1,270,200 in the labor force and 72,400 unemployed.

The workforce has also risen slightly from last, year. In September 2015, MDES reported that out of 1,276,900 in the workforce, 78,300 were unemployed.

Surrounding counties

Copiah — 6.6 percent

Lawrence — 6.6 percent

Walthall — 7.3 percent

Pike — 6.7 percent

Amite — 6.6 percent

Franklin — 6.4 percent

Jefferson — 12.4 percent