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November numbers mirror national trends

Retail sector pushes state`s jobless rate down

The Mississippi Employment Security Commission (MESC) said a strong performance by the retail sector helped push Mississippi’s unemployment rate in November down to 4.1%, mirroring the national average for the month.

Unemployment for October was 4.7%.

MESC figures showed an increase of 1,900 retail trade positions, and 8,400 new positions across all sectors. MESC executive director Thomas E. Lord said November is traditionally a strong month for retail as it gears up for holiday shopping.

Most counties saw a drop in joblessness in November. Lafayette County (1.1%) led the state. Oktibbeha (1.6%) and Rankin (1.9%) counties were second and third, respectively.

Jefferson County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.4%. Other counties with double-digit rates were Wilkinson (12.2%), Sharkey (12.1%) and Issaquena (10.3%).

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