From staff reports
The unemployment rate for Winston County decreased a full a percentage point to 9.3 percent in November compared to last year which was 10.3, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
This is the first time the county unemployment rate has dipped below 10 percent since October and November 2008. The county has a 12-month moving-average unemployment rate of 11 percent
Records show the number of unemployed in the county was at 630 in November, from a labor force that totaled 6,740.
Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in November while the national average was 5.8 percent, also as seasonally adjusted.
Rankin County posted the lowest unemployment rate for the month of November at 4.1 percent while Clay County had the highest at 13.3 percent. Fifteen counties had unemployment rates equal to higher than Winston’s.
November jobless rates in nearby counties:
• Oktibbeha, 6.1 percent.
• Grenada, 6.5 percent.
• Calhoun, 7.1 percent.
• Choctaw, 7.2 percent.
• Montgomery, 7.6 percent.
• Chickasaw, 8.9 percent.