Unemployment rate soars
Tunica County experienced more than a rise in river waters after the near-historic Flood of 2011. With the forced closure of all nine of Tunica’s casinos and other affected businesses, unemployment claims reached a historic high for the month of May, eclipsing all other Mississippi counties’ figures by double digits.
According to Mississippi Employment Security Commission statistics, Tunica County posted the highest number of unemployment claims in the state for the month of May with a 31.1 percent unemployment rate. During this same period of time, the Mississippi state average was 10 percent, with the next-highest posting behind Tunica coming from Claiborne County with a 17.7 percent unemployment rate.