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State’s unemployment rate is lowest ever, and 2 Coast counties are even lower

People stand in line during a job fair at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi in 2016. Unemployment in two of the three counties in South Mississippi is below the state average of 4.8 percent in November, which state officials says is the lowest ever recorded in the state.
People stand in line during a job fair at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi in 2016. Unemployment in two of the three counties in South Mississippi is below the state average of 4.8 percent in November, which state officials says is the lowest ever recorded in the state. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell in November to 4.8 percent — the lowest ever recorded in the state — and two Coast counties were below that.

Harrison County’s unemployment rate at 4.3 and Hancock’s at 4.7 in November were lower than the state average and Jackson County’s rate of 5.2 percent was slightly higher.

Lamar County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state in November at 3.2 percent and Jefferson County the highest at 10.9 percent.

The number of unemployed Mississippians fell by 1,800 in November to 60,800, which the state reported is the lowest number of Mississippians without jobs since September 1979. On the Coast, 7,670 people were unemployed in November, which is 1,000 less than the 8,670 people unemployed in November 2016.

Unemployment

County

Nov. 2017

Oct. 2017

Nov. 2016

Hancock

4.7

4.7

5.4

Harrison

4.3

4.3

4.9

Jackson

5.2

5.1

5.8

Source: Mississippi Department of Employment Security

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