According to the labor market data, Carroll County's unemployment rate dropped from 8.6 percent to 7.7 percent. Montgomery County showed a drop in unemployment as well - from 9.9 percent in November to 9.6 percent in December.
Of the 82 counties, Carroll ranked 31st in unemployment for December, up from 34th in November. The total number of those receiving unemployment benefits is 360, down 30 since November.
December's 7.7 percent unemployment rate is at a five-year low for December, with December 2009 ranking the highest at 12.5 percent in a five year span.
Montgomery County ranks 61 of the 82 counties with December's 9.6 percent unemployment rate. Four hundred twenty individuals are currently unemployed, down 20 since November.
December 2013 is also a five-year low in unemployment for Montgomery County in comparison to the past five Decembers. The highest December for unemployment was December 2009 when the unemployment rate was 15.7 percent.
Of the surrounding counties, Montgomery has the fourth lowest unemployment rate behind Grenada (7.5 percent), Carroll (7.7 percent), and Attala (9.1 percent). Holmes County has an unemployment rate of 14.4 percent, Leflore 10.9 percent, and Webster 10.5 percent.
Mississippi as a whole is reporting an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent in December, down from 7.6 percent in November. Compared to the national average of 6.5 percent, Mississippi is eight-tenths higher than the county's average.
Mississippi counties with the lowest unemployment rate are Rankin and DeSoto, which are tied at 4.5 percent. Lamar, Madison, and Scott are tied for second lowest at 5.2 percent. Clay County has the state's highest unemployment at 15.6 percent, with Holmes following at 14.4 percent and Jefferson at 13.3 percent.