Clay County unemployment rises in June

Staff Writer

The number of those out of work in Clay County saw a substantial jump from the previous month, following a statewide trend of rising unemployment.

Unemployment in Clay County rose from 6.6 percent in May 2017 to 8 percent in June.

Despite the rise from the previous month, the county saw its unemployment rate improve year over year from 9.9 percent in June 2016.

The county has seen steady improvement from the five-year high of 17 percent unemployment in June 2014.

Clay County's labor force was reportedly at 8,060 in June, with 7,530 people employed and 530 people out of work.

For the rest of the Golden Triangle, Oktibbeha County reported 7.1 percent unemployment for June while Lowndes County unemployment was at 6.6 percent.

The preliminary state unemployment rate rose more than a percentage point from the revised 4.9 percent reported in May 2017 to 6.1 percent in June.

The preliminary unemployment numbers for Mississippi were roughly 65,000 of the state's labor force consisting of approximately 1,296,000.

Rankin County continued to lead the way with the state's lowest county unemployment percentage at 4.3 percent, while Jefferson County finished last with 16.7 percent.