Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of August of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.1% higher than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in New Mexico and 5.2% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Mississippi using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in July 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#50. Carroll County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: +0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 3,608 (166 unemployed)

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#49. Hinds County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.4%
-Total Labor Force: 103,099 (4,733 unemployed)

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#48. Jones County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 25,057 (1,161 unemployed)

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#47. Lowndes County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 25,283 (1,173 unemployed)

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#46. Marshall County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.3%
-Total Labor Force: 14,818 (678 unemployed)

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#45. Stone County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: +0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 7,100 (324 unemployed)

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#44. Webster County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: +0.3%
— 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 3,991 (184 unemployed)

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#43. Attala County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: +0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.5%
-Total Labor Force: 7,167 (335 unemployed)

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#42. Jackson County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 60,223 (2,858 unemployed)

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#41. Montgomery County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 3,968 (186 unemployed)

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#40. Neshoba County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 10,373 (493 unemployed)

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#39. Tallahatchie County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -2.3%
-Total Labor Force: 4,694 (227 unemployed)

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#38. Oktibbeha County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 22,700 (1,101 unemployed)

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#37. Warren County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 19,475 (962 unemployed)

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#36. Winston County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 7,256 (361 unemployed)

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#35. Clarke County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 5,664 (287 unemployed)

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#34. Clay County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.7%
-Total Labor Force: 8,415 (427 unemployed)

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#33. Copiah County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -2.6%
-Total Labor Force: 10,995 (562 unemployed)

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#32. Chickasaw County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 6,931 (358 unemployed)

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#31. Wayne County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -2.5%
-Total Labor Force: 7,580 (403 unemployed)

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#30. Lawrence County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
— 1 month change: +0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.4%
-Total Labor Force: 4,756 (256 unemployed)

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#29. Panola County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.4%
-Total Labor Force: 12,808 (691 unemployed)

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#28. Jasper County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -2.6%
-Total Labor Force: 5,917 (329 unemployed)

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#27. Perry County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: +0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.3%
-Total Labor Force: 4,293 (241 unemployed)

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#26. Pike County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 14,362 (806 unemployed)

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#25. Walthall County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: +0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.8%
-Total Labor Force: 4,955 (279 unemployed)

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#24. Yazoo County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: +0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.7%
-Total Labor Force: 9,127 (509 unemployed)

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#23. Amite County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.8%
-Total Labor Force: 4,435 (255 unemployed)

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#22. Benton County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 3,198 (182 unemployed)

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#21. George County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -2.7%
-Total Labor Force: 8,770 (504 unemployed)

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#20. Tunica County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -3.7%
-Total Labor Force: 4,435 (252 unemployed)

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#19. Franklin County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.8%
— 1 month change: +0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.4%
-Total Labor Force: 2,652 (154 unemployed)

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#18. Jefferson Davis County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.8%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 3,916 (227 unemployed)

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#17. Leflore County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.1%
— 1 month change: +0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.6%
-Total Labor Force: 10,253 (626 unemployed)

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#16. Bolivar County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.2%
— 1 month change: +0.4%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 11,563 (721 unemployed)

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#15. Adams County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.3%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -3.0%
-Total Labor Force: 10,547 (663 unemployed)

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#14. Sunflower County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.3%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 7,704 (489 unemployed)

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#13. Washington County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.3%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.5%
-Total Labor Force: 15,867 (996 unemployed)

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#12. Quitman County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.5%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 2,395 (155 unemployed)

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#11. Sharkey County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.5%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 1,457 (94 unemployed)

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#10. Coahoma County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.6%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 7,983 (528 unemployed)

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#9. Issaquena County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.6%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -2.8%
-Total Labor Force: 335 (22 unemployed)

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#8. Greene County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.8%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -2.4%
-Total Labor Force: 4,310 (291 unemployed)

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#7. Kemper County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.8%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 3,345 (226 unemployed)

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#6. Noxubee County

– Current Unemployment rate: 7.2%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.7%
-Total Labor Force: 3,534 (256 unemployed)

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#5. Wilkinson County

– Current Unemployment rate: 7.4%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -6.0%
-Total Labor Force: 2,591 (193 unemployed)

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#4. Holmes County

– Current Unemployment rate: 8.6%
— 1 month change: +0.5%
— 1 year change: -4.5%
-Total Labor Force: 5,137 (444 unemployed)

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#3. Humphreys County

– Current Unemployment rate: 9.6%
— 1 month change: +0.3%
— 1 year change: -3.7%
-Total Labor Force: 2,068 (199 unemployed)

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#2. Claiborne County

– Current Unemployment rate: 10.6%
— 1 month change: +0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.5%
-Total Labor Force: 2,997 (317 unemployed)

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#1. Jefferson County

– Current Unemployment rate: 15.0%
— 1 month change: -1.6%
— 1 year change: -4.1%
-Total Labor Force: 1,949 (293 unemployed)