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Jobless rates fall in more than 60 Miss. counties in July, as fewer seek jobs in many places


JACKSON, Mississippi — Unemployment rates fell from June to July in 62 of Mississippi's 82 counties, according to figures released Wednesday, rising in 17 and staying level in three.

Jobless rates also fell from July 2013 in 69 counties, rising 11 and remaining flat in two.

Rankin County's 4.7 percent remained the lowest jobless rate. Holmes County's 19 percent was the state's highest.

Labor forces often peak in June as students seek jobs, and many counties saw unemployment fall in July because fewer people sought work. The number of people telling surveyors they had jobs fell in 53 counties.

County-level rates aren't adjusted to cancel out predictable seasonal changes.

Seasonally adjusted, Mississippi's jobless rose from 7.9 percent in June to 8 percent in July, the highest nationwide. July 2013's rate was 8.7 percent.

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