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All counties record a decrease in unemployment

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged for March 2010 at 11.5 percent, but when compared to one year ago, the rate was 2.6 percentage points higher, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security reports today.

The nation’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged over the month at 9.7 percent, but was 1.1 percentage points higher than the year ago rate.

Mississippi’s not-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2010 was 11.1 percent, decreasing one percentage point from the previous month’s rate. Compared to March 2009, the rate increased 2.2 percentage points.

The number of unemployed decreased 13,800 over the month, while the employed total increased 7,600 from the prior month.

The nation’s not-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2010 at 10.2 percent was down two-tenths of a percentage point over the month, but was 1.2 percentage points higher than the year ago rate.

Results from Mississippi’s nonfarm employment survey, which is counted by the location of establishments, reported a not seasonally adjusted increase of 5,900 in employment over the month, but a decrease of 18,100 from one year ago. Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were: Government; Leisure & Hospitality; Educational & Health Services; and, Construction.

For the month, only 21 counties in Mississippi posted unemployment rates less than or equal to the state’s rate of 11.1 percent. Unemployment rates decreased over the month in all eighty-two counties.

Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of March at 7.1 percent followed by Madison County at 7.6 percent.

Nineteen counties reported rates greater than 15.0 percent, with four counties reporting rates greater than 20.0 percent. Noxubee County had the highest unemployment rate for March at 22.4 percent.

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