Calhoun Unemployment Among The Highest In State

Calhoun County recorded one of its highest unemployment rates in years
in May, which also happened to be among the highest in the state.


By JOEL McNEECE
Calhoun County recorded one of its highest unemployment rates in years in May, which also happened to be among the highest in the state.
Calhoun’s May jobless rate was 10.9%, more than double the national average of 5.2%, and well above the state’s overall rate of 6.9%.
Only five other counties in the state had a higher rate than Calhoun, one of them being Chickasaw, which had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 13.3%
The 10.9% unemployment rate in May was an increase from Calhoun’s 7.2% in April and 8.8% in May of 2007.
Mississippi’s unemployment rate rose from 5.5% in April to 6.9% in May.
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security said non-farm employment had a small decline of 700 jobs during May, but was still 2,100 jobs higher than a year ago.
The unemployment rate in May 2007 was 6%.
After Chickasaw, Jefferson County had the highest rate at 12.3% followed by Clay County with 12.1%.
Rankin County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.3%, followed by Lamar County with 4.7% and Jones County with 5.2%.
Among Calhoun’s other surrounding counties were Lafayette 5.3%, Grenada 7.4%, Yalobusha 8.7%, Webster 9.5%, and Pontotoc 10.7%.

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