Counties with the highest unemployment in Mississippi

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May 31, 2024
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Counties with the highest unemployment in Mississippi

Despite a relatively low unemployment rate just shy of 4%, as compared to the COVID-19 pandemic peak of 14.7% in April 2020, the fear of job losses remains amid ongoing economic uncertainty.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rates in Mississippi using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Counties are ranked by their preliminary unemployment rate in April 2024, with initial ties broken by the number of unemployed people within that county, though some ties may remain. County-level unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Economists forecast a waning risk of recession and predict that the U.S. may instead be headed for an incremental slowdown in growth known as a "soft landing." Still, layoffs among major U.S. employers like Amazon to Tesla have sparked concern among Americans. What's more, unemployment has spiked in nearly half the country's states, which often indicates a looming recession, an economist told Business Insider. And with sky-high prices after a period of record inflation, savings and unemployment payments may not cover basic expenses for jobless Americans for long.

For comparison, the Great Recession of 2007-09 sent unemployment rates up to 10% as of October 2009, and a full recovery took years.

Still, as of April 2024, the national unemployment rate remains relatively low at 3.9%—little changed from the previous month. Regional and state employment varies widely depending on local economies. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state vary, ranging from just 2% in North Dakota to 5.3% in California.

Read on to see the counties with the highest unemployment in Mississippi.

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#50. Montgomery County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 1.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,719 people (71 unemployed)

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#49. Greene County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 1.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,226 people (81 unemployed)

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#48. Winston County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 1.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,017 people (135 unemployed)

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#47. Grenada County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 1.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,091 people (153 unemployed)

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#46. Tate County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 1.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 11,687 people (226 unemployed)

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#45. Warren County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 1.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 18,818 people (361 unemployed)

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#44. Lauderdale County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 1.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 27,964 people (533 unemployed)

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#43. Jackson County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 1.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 58,881 people (1,119 unemployed)

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#42. Benton County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,920 people (57 unemployed)

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#41. Tunica County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,987 people (78 unemployed)

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#40. Attala County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 6,726 people (136 unemployed)

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#39. Wayne County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.0 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 6,841 people (137 unemployed)

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#38. Copiah County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 10,685 people (209 unemployed)

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#37. Bolivar County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 11,156 people (228 unemployed)

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#36. Lowndes County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 24,531 people (480 unemployed)

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#35. Yalobusha County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,777 people (102 unemployed)

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#34. Newton County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,644 people (157 unemployed)

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#33. Neshoba County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,736 people (207 unemployed)

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#32. Marshall County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 13,724 people (287 unemployed)

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#31. Monroe County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,332 people (294 unemployed)

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#30. Franklin County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.0 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,639 people (59 unemployed)

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#29. Lawrence County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.0 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,652 people (104 unemployed)

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#27. Yazoo County (tie)

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,757 people (189 unemployed)

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#27. George County (tie)

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,729 people (189 unemployed)

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#26. Carroll County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,003 people (68 unemployed)

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#25. Perry County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,193 people (97 unemployed)

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#24. Clarke County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,400 people (126 unemployed)

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#23. Chickasaw County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,984 people (137 unemployed)

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#22. Pike County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.4%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 13,818 people (326 unemployed)

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#21. Amite County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,203 people (103 unemployed)

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#20. Walthall County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,855 people (122 unemployed)

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#19. Panola County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 12,028 people (298 unemployed)

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#18. Jasper County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,799 people (151 unemployed)

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#17. Clay County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 9,137 people (235 unemployed)

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#16. Adams County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 10,299 people (270 unemployed)

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#15. Quitman County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,194 people (60 unemployed)

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#14. Jefferson Davis County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,816 people (102 unemployed)

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#13. Kemper County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,105 people (91 unemployed)

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#12. Noxubee County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,256 people (96 unemployed)

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#11. Sunflower County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,465 people (223 unemployed)

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#10. Leflore County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,444 people (256 unemployed)

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#9. Washington County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,019 people (426 unemployed)

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#8. Coahoma County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,191 people (236 unemployed)

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#7. Issaquena County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 5.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 282 people (10 unemployed)

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#6. Wilkinson County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,515 people (89 unemployed)

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#5. Holmes County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.0 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,938 people (171 unemployed)

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#4. Sharkey County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 6.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1,083 people (40 unemployed)

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#3. Claiborne County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,782 people (124 unemployed)

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#2. Humphreys County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1,845 people (86 unemployed)

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#1. Jefferson County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 7.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.0 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 2.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1,713 people (123 unemployed)

This story features data reporting by Paxtyn Merten and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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