Clay County unemployment rate steady for January

Staff Writer

Clay County's unemployment rate in January remained unchanged at 5.8 percent, according to preliminary data from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security

In January, Clay County's labor force, which consists of everyone who has a job or is looking for a job, was reported to be 7,610, with 440 unemployed and 7,170 employed.

Clay County also saw 54 initial claims and 385 continued claims in January, down from December 2017, which saw 85 initial claims and 431 continued claims.

For January, the Golden Triangle's labor force was reported at 70,950, with 3,590 unemployed and 67,360 employed, with an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent.

Other Golden Triangle county unemployment rates for January include: Choctaw (5.9 percent), Lowndes (4.7 percent), Noxubee (6.8 percent), Oktibbeha (5.1 percent), Webster (5.1 percent) and Winston (5.7 percent).

Mississippi's unemployment rate rose to 4.6 percent in January from 4.5 percent in December.

Of the 1,258,800 people in Mississippi's labor force, 57,400 were reported unemployed and 1,201,400 were reported employed.

Mississippi lags just behind the national unemployment rate at 4.5 percent in January.

In January, the nation's labor force was reported at 160,037,000 with 7,189,000 unemployed and 152,848,000 employed.

Rankin and Union counties were tied with the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.1 percent.

Jefferson County reported the highest unemployment rate in the state at 13.3 percent. It was also the only county to report unemployment higher than 10 percent.