Due to the government shutdown, September unemployment data was unavailable.
The October 2013 Labor Market Data report shows Tate County’s unadjusted October unemployment rate was 8.5, down 0.9 percent from August.
Tate County’s unemployment rate is one percent higher than the Mississippi state average of 8.2 percent. Mississippi’s unemployment rate is down 0.2 percent from its August rate of 8.6 percent.
These figures represent approximately 1,530 Tate County residents over the age of 16 that did not have a job in October. Out of Mississippi’s 82 counties, Tate County has moved up from the number 34 spot in August to the number 31 spot in October.
A five-year comparison shows that the unemployment rate for Tate County is down 2.2 percent from October 2009 when it was 10.7. In October 2010, the unemployment rate decreased to 9.9. In October 2011, the rate decreased to 9.5. In October 2012, the rate decreased again to 9.1, 0.6 percent higher than in October 2013.
October unadjusted unemployment figures for neighboring counties:
• Lafayette 5.9 percent, down 0.7 percent from 6.6 in August
• Tunica 11.5 percent, down 0.9 percent from 12.4 in August
• Panola 10.8 percent, up 0.1 percent from 10.7 in August
• Marshall 10.2 percent, down 1.5 percent from 11.7 in August
• DeSoto 6.2 percent, down 0.5 percent from 6.7 in August
Mississippi’s best unemployment rate belongs to Rankin County, with an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent. The bottom spot on the list belongs to Clay County, with an unemployment rate of 18.1 percent.
Unemployed individuals are encouraged to visit the local WIN Job Center, located on the Northwest Community College campus at 4975 Hwy. 51 North. The phone number for the center is 562-3351.