In case you missed this story in today’s Daily Journal, the employment picture got a little better in August.
Here are the highlights:
The unemployment rate for Northeast Mississippi dropped two percentage points in August, to 8.9 percent.
That matched the lowest rate for the year, posted by the 16-county region in April and May.
August’s jobless rate ended two straight months of double-digit unemployment in the region that followed five straight months of rates under 10 percent.
In Northeast Mississippi, peak joblessness hit 13 percent in January 2010, but the region endured 35 straight months of double-digit unemployment from April 2010 until January this year.
In August, 11 of the region’s 16 counties had unemployment under 10 percent. Leading the way were Lafayette (6.5), Pontotoc (7.4), Union (7.5) and Itawamba (7.8). Northeast Mississippi’s largest county, Lee, was at 8.1 percent, the lowest August rate in four years.