Unemployment declines slightly in Holmes and Washington counties

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM.

New unemployment rates for Washington and Holmes County were released for the month of April on May 16, with both Washington and Holmes Counties showing a substantial decline over the last couple of months and compared to last year.

Washington County’s unemployment rate decreased by .8 percent between March 2014 at 7.4 percent and April at 6.6 percent. Washington County is also 1.3 percent lower than April of last year with April 2013 being at 7.9 percent.

Washington County’s labor force is at 9,341 as of April 2014, which is an increase from last month’s, which was 9,296, but is a decrease from April 2013, which was 9,663. Of that labor force 8,728 were employed and 613 were unemployed in April 2014; 8,604 were employed and 692 were unemployed in March 2014; and 8,903 were employed and 760 were unemployed in April 2013.

Holmes County’s unemployment rate decreased by .7 percent between March 2014 at 5.6 percent and April at 4.9 percent. Holmes County is also is also .7 percent lower than April of last year with April 2013 also being at 5.6 percent.

Holmes County’s labor force is at 8,366 as of April 2014, which is a decrease from last month’s, which was 8,410, and is a decrease from April 2013, which was 8,633. Of that labor force 7,957 were employed and 409 were unemployed in April 2014; 7,937 were employed and 473 were unemployed in March 2014; and 8,147 were employed and 486 were unemployed in April 2013.

In other parts of the region:

Calhoun County’s unemployment rate decreased by .8 percent between March 2014 at 6.2 percent and April at 5.4 percent. Calhoun County is 1.1 percent lower than April of last year with April 2013 being at 6.5 percent.



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