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%).