Employment

Mississippi Department of Employment Services officials have released the latest unemployment figures for the state and its counties in January. 

The result is another indication of residents working and more jobs finding its way to the Magnolia State.

In January, the state’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate remained at 4.7 percent. That is the lowest level of unemployment ever recorded in Mississippi and is at a rate that has been that low for eight months in a row. The January 2018 rate was at 4.9 percent.

In DeSoto County, the January 2019 rate of 4.1 percent is tied for the fifth-lowest unemployment figure among Mississippi counties. Rankin County leads the state in the category at 3.7 percent. DeSoto County is tied with Lee and Pontotoc counties.

The highest jobless figure in Mississippi is 14.1 percent in Jefferson County.

Around DeSoto County, Tate County is at 5.1 percent, Marshall County is at 5.3 percent and Tunica is at 6.4 percent.

While the number of non-farm jobs in Mississippi dropped by 700 to 1.161 million in January, it is still the second-highest number of jobs ever recorded. Over the year since January 2018, the number of jobs in the state increased by 10,900.

The labor force, which is made up of everyone who has a job or is looking for a job, declined in January by 1,300 to 1,273,700. Over the year since January 2018, the labor force fell by 2,700.

The number of unemployed Mississippians in January was 60,200, which was 400 higher than a month earlier in December 2018; however, over the year since January 2018, the number of unemployed Mississippians is down by 1,700.

The number of people working in Mississippi declined in January by 1,700 to 1,213,500. Over the year since January 2018, employment in our state decreased by 1,000.