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State's unemployment decreases

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As is usual for April, Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased over the month, from 9.4 percent in March to 8.6 percent. However, the April 2009 rate was significantly higher than one year ago when the rate was 5.6 percent.

The unemployed total decreased by 12,200 while the number of employed persons increased a mere 100.

For the month of April 2009, twenty-five counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state’s rate of 8.6 percent. Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of April at 5.4 percent, followed by Lamar County at 5.5 percent and Scott County at 5.9 percent.

Unemployment rates decreased or remained the same in all but two counties.

Thirty-five counties still reported double-digit rates for the month with five counties reporting rates greater than or equal to 15 percent. The highest unemployment was in Noxubee County at 17.2 percent and Holmes County at 17.1 percent.

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