With people flooding into Mississippi’s labor force, the state’s job market couldn’t quite keep up in May.
Mississippi’s unemployment rate crept up to 6.7 percent from 6.6 percent in April, ending five straight months of falling joblessness rates. The number of people who told surveyors they had a job increased by more than 6,000, but the unemployment rate rose because even more people entered the labor force. Mississippi’s rate in May 2014 was 7.7 percent
The report found 84,000 Mississippians were unemployed in May, up slightly from April and down about 11,000 from a year ago.
Since December, more than 40,000 additional people have entered Mississippi’s job market. That steep ascent reversed a three-year decline in worker numbers that pushed down the labor force by more than 9 percent.