Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Mississippi

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August 8, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Mississippi

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of June of this year, national unemployment is at 3.5%, 0.1% lower than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.9% in New Mexico and 5.5% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Mississippi using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in June 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#50. Attala County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 7,204 (333 unemployed)
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#49. Tate County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -2.7%
-Total Labor Force: 12,550 (581 unemployed)
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#48. Jones County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -2.7%
-Total Labor Force: 24,895 (1,156 unemployed)
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#47. Marshall County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 14,649 (692 unemployed)
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#46. Lowndes County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -2.8%
-Total Labor Force: 25,090 (1,189 unemployed)

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#45. Montgomery County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -2.6%
-Total Labor Force: 4,016 (191 unemployed)
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#44. Hinds County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -3.0%
-Total Labor Force: 101,513 (4,855 unemployed)
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#43. Neshoba County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -2.3%
-Total Labor Force: 10,273 (495 unemployed)
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#42. Jackson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -2.6%
-Total Labor Force: 60,148 (2,937 unemployed)
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#41. Warren County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 19,529 (957 unemployed)

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#40. Oktibbeha County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
--- 1 month change: +1.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 22,478 (1,107 unemployed)
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#39. Winston County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -2.8%
-Total Labor Force: 7,212 (358 unemployed)
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#38. Newton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: +1.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 8,419 (427 unemployed)
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#37. Copiah County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -3.4%
-Total Labor Force: 10,818 (555 unemployed)
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#36. Chickasaw County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: +1.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.8%
-Total Labor Force: 6,933 (356 unemployed)

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#35. Clarke County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 5,671 (294 unemployed)
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#34. Lawrence County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 4,743 (246 unemployed)
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#33. Clay County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -3.4%
-Total Labor Force: 8,338 (433 unemployed)
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#32. Scott County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: +2.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 12,965 (678 unemployed)
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#31. Tallahatchie County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: +1.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 4,742 (249 unemployed)

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#30. Wayne County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 7,542 (400 unemployed)
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#29. Franklin County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -3.0%
-Total Labor Force: 2,693 (145 unemployed)
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#28. Perry County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.5%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -3.0%
-Total Labor Force: 4,309 (236 unemployed)
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#27. Walthall County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -3.2%
-Total Labor Force: 4,988 (274 unemployed)
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#26. Yazoo County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -3.6%
-Total Labor Force: 9,003 (497 unemployed)

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#25. Pike County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 14,576 (811 unemployed)
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#24. Panola County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.9%
--- 1 year change: -3.2%
-Total Labor Force: 12,771 (713 unemployed)
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#23. Amite County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 4,497 (255 unemployed)
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#22. Bolivar County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.8%
--- 1 month change: +1.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.6%
-Total Labor Force: 11,559 (668 unemployed)
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#21. Jasper County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.9%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 5,893 (346 unemployed)

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#20. Jefferson Davis County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -3.6%
-Total Labor Force: 3,883 (229 unemployed)
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#19. Benton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
--- 1 month change: +1.6%
--- 1 year change: -2.5%
-Total Labor Force: 3,158 (188 unemployed)
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#18. Leflore County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -4.4%
-Total Labor Force: 10,239 (617 unemployed)
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#17. George County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -2.5%
-Total Labor Force: 8,885 (536 unemployed)
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#16. Tunica County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -4.5%
-Total Labor Force: 4,384 (265 unemployed)

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#15. Adams County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -3.8%
-Total Labor Force: 10,607 (671 unemployed)
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#14. Washington County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -3.6%
-Total Labor Force: 15,832 (1,007 unemployed)
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#13. Sunflower County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -4.3%
-Total Labor Force: 7,713 (520 unemployed)
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#12. Sharkey County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.8%
--- 1 month change: +1.2%
--- 1 year change: -4.6%
-Total Labor Force: 1,435 (97 unemployed)
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#11. Coahoma County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.9%
--- 1 year change: -3.8%
-Total Labor Force: 7,960 (540 unemployed)

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#10. Quitman County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.9%
--- 1 month change: +1.3%
--- 1 year change: -3.0%
-Total Labor Force: 2,385 (165 unemployed)
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#9. Kemper County

- Current Unemployment rate: 7.1%
--- 1 month change: +1.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.8%
-Total Labor Force: 3,350 (238 unemployed)
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#8. Greene County

- Current Unemployment rate: 7.2%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 4,293 (309 unemployed)
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#7. Noxubee County

- Current Unemployment rate: 7.3%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -3.1%
-Total Labor Force: 3,598 (264 unemployed)
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#6. Wilkinson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 7.4%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -6.9%
-Total Labor Force: 2,619 (194 unemployed)

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#5. Issaquena County

- Current Unemployment rate: 7.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.5%
-Total Labor Force: 335 (25 unemployed)
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#4. Holmes County

- Current Unemployment rate: 8.2%
--- 1 month change: +1.0%
--- 1 year change: -5.3%
-Total Labor Force: 5,093 (419 unemployed)
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#3. Humphreys County

- Current Unemployment rate: 9.4%
--- 1 month change: +1.5%
--- 1 year change: -5.3%
-Total Labor Force: 2,057 (193 unemployed)
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#2. Claiborne County

- Current Unemployment rate: 10.4%
--- 1 month change: +1.6%
--- 1 year change: -4.2%
-Total Labor Force: 3,004 (311 unemployed)
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#1. Jefferson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 16.4%
--- 1 month change: +1.9%
--- 1 year change: -4.2%
-Total Labor Force: 1,971 (324 unemployed)

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