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DeSoto County continued to lead Northwest Mississippi with low unemployment and high numbers of people having jobs.

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security report on unemployment for December 2017, the latest month for available figures, lists the county’s unemployment rate at 3.3 percent. That is a drop of one-tenth of a percent from the November results and better than the 4.0 percent figure of one year ago.

The December statewide figure of 4.6 percent is the lowest on record in Mississippi. DeSoto County’s rate is second lowest to Lamar, Rankin and Union counties, which all reported a 3.2 percent unemployment rate for the month.

The DeSoto County result is also better than the national average of 3.9 percent for the final month of 2017.

Out of a reported labor force of 87,420 according to MDES figures, a total of 84,520 people were working in December and 2,900 were unemployed.

Other counties adjacent to DeSoto County reported unemployment rates between 4.5 and 5.2 percent. Marshall and Tate counties were at 4.5 percent unemployed and Tunica County reported a 5.2 jobless rate for December.

Jefferson County has the highest rate in Mississippi at 11.8 percent.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. 

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