A one year comparison of state and local unemployment numbers

National Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.6

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Unemployment rates in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties in September are the lowest they have been since April 2001, while Noxubee County's jobless rate is the lowest monthly rate recorded dating to 1990.

Almost all Tennessee counties continued to have unemployment rates below 5.0 percent in October 2017, following a record-breaking September when, for the first time ever, each of the state's 95 counties experienced a rate below 5.0 percent.

St. Lawrence County, however, had unemployment rate of 5.7 percent in October, the same rate as the same month previous year.

Mississippi's October unemployment rate (4.9 percent) is also three-tenths of a percentage point lower than September and eight-tenths of a percentage point lower than October 2016, when the rate was 5.7 percent. The change reflects a decline in the Teton County workforce of 1,143 workers.

In Clay County, 7,810 people were looking for jobs inOctober, down 270 from a year ago. Starkville's labor force was reported to be 12,720 for October, while the number of employed came in at 12,280.

Trumbull County's October jobless rate was 6 percent, down from 6.1 percent reported in October 2016.

According to the state numbers, 80 more people were employed in Monroe County last month compared to the same month in 2016. In October 2017, there were 2,100 more jobs in MS than in September 2017, and 6,500 more than October 2016, according to the seasonally adjusted results from a survey of MS employers.

Local employment growth is in response to a healthier national economy over the past few years, Rooney said. The statewide rate was 4.2 percent. The civilian labor force dropped by 300 to 89,600.

Cheatham, Wilson, Moore, and Sumner Counties each had a rate of 2.4 percent. It was only thesecond time - May was the other - the seasonally adjusted jobless rate has been below 5 percent since the current formulas went into use in 1976.

Government showed the biggest gain in Lane County, adding 3,200 jobs from September to October.

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