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Unemployment drops below 5% in Harrison County in February

The WIN Job Center in Gulfport is the busiest in the area, serving more than 400 people a week.
The WIN Job Center in Gulfport is the busiest in the area, serving more than 400 people a week. meperez@sunherald.com

Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in February, the lowest level since May 2001, according to the state Department of Employment Security.

The Labor Force, made up of everyone who has a job or is looking for a job, increased in February by 6,900 to 1,298,200, the largest since October 2012.

Unemployment rates decreased in all 82 counties over the month but varied widely. Rankin County had the lowest unemployment rate in February at 3.1 percent. Issaquena County had the highest rate at 16.8 percent.

Harrison County’s unadjusted employment rate was 4.4 percent in February, even lower than the state’s unadjusted rate of 4.6 percent. Rates at the county level aren’t seasonally adjusted to account for holidays and seasonal fluctuations.

The February report from MDES shows:

▪  In the three Coast counties, 8,090 people were unemployed in February

▪  The number of unemployed in the state decreased by 19,900 over the month

▪  The total employed increased 17,600 from the prior month

▪  Industry sectors registering the largest monthly employment gains were government, professional and business services, educational and health services, and leisure and hospitality.

Unemployment

County

Feb. 2017

Jan. 2017

Change

Hancock

5.2

6.7

–1.5%

Harrison

4.4

5.8

–1.4%

Jackson

5.5

7.2

–1.7%

Source: Mississippi Department of Employment Security

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