Desoto County News

County unemployment rate under three percent

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Mississippi’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.6 percent, according to the latest Mississippi Labor Market Data information from the state Department of Employment Security (DES). 

The 3.6 percent preliminary figure is unchanged from the July revised number. The trend has leveled from a previous lower move from August 2021’s figure of 5.3 percent.  

Non-farm employment in Mississippi in August 2022 was 1,151,500, a drop from July’s 1,159,800, but a bit more from the August 2021’s 1,139,700 employed in the state. 

DeSoto County’s unemployment rate in August is the fourth lowest in the state of Mississippi at 2.9 percent, according to the state DES. Only Rankin, Union, and Lamar counties have lower unemployment figures in August, with Rankin and Union at 2.7 percent jobless.  DeSoto’s 2.9 percent jobless is tied with Lafayette and Madison counties. 

DeSoto County had 93,550 employed in August.  

Area counties and their unemployment rates range from 3.6 percent in Tate County to 4.7 percent in Tunica County. Marshall County reports 3.7 percent jobless.  

The complete report is found on the Mississippi Department of Employment Security website.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has issued a report earlier in the week stating that the number of United States job openings fell to 10.1 million at the end of August.  

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