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State's unemployment rate tumbles

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August was 9.5 percent, down a full point from July’s 10.5 percent. However, when compared to August 2008 (7.4 percent), the rate was up more than two percentage points.

The number of unemployed decreased by 16,600 over the month while the employed total decreased 19,800 from July 2009.

Results from Mississippi’s non-farm employment survey, which is counted by the location of establishments, reported a not seasonally adjusted decrease of 1,900 in employment over the month and a decrease of 33,900 from one year ago. Industry sectors reporting the largest monthly employment losses were construction and manufacturing.

Only 26 counties posted unemployment rates lass than or equal to the state average. Neshoba was the only county that had an over-the-month rate increase.

The lowest unemployment rates were in Rankin County (5.9 percent), Madison County (6.7 percent) and Scott County (6.8 percent). Counties with the highest jobless rates were Jefferson (18.8 percent), Holmes (18.4 percent) and Clay (18.4 percent).

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