Governor Phil Bryant has announced that the seasonal unemployment rate in the state was at 4.9 percent in May 2017.
This is the lowest figure for the unemployment rate since the Department of Labor Force began publishing state unemployment rates in January 1976. Since 1976 the Mississippi rate has been 5.0 percent, but never lower.
The labor force is made up of everyone who has a job or is looking for a job in the state.
The number of people working in Mississippi fell in May by 2,600 to 1,239,000. For the year since May 2016, employment in our state posted an increase of 35,500.
Since April 2016 the number of unemployed Mississippians fell, making the number of Mississippians without jobs a total of 11,500. In April 2017 fewer Mississippians were unemployed since January 1999.