Unemployment takes a December bounce in South Mississippi

Unemployment rose across South Mississippi from November to December and finished the year almost identical to where it was in December 2014.

Additional figures released Wednesday by the state Department of Employment Security show the size of the workforce across the three counties grew by 1,870 people from November to December and by 9,450 people since December 2014.

The biggest increase year over year was in Harrison County, where the workforce grew by 4,960 people, followed by 3,490 in Jackson County and 1,000 in Hancock County.