JACKSON, Miss. (WCBI) – Unemployment increased for the second straight month in Mississippi.
According to the State Department of Employment Security, the state’s jobless rate ticked up to 4.9% in March, a slight increase from February’s rate, of 4.8%.
The labor force and a number of people reporting jobs both fell.
The number of unemployed people rose slightly to about 62,000 statewide.
In our area, Clay County had the highest unemployed population of 6.7%.
The lowest jobless rate is in Lafayette County, with only 3.7% of the population, unemployed.