Cherokee County’s unemployment rate inched up four tenths of one percent during the month of May, according to the latest numbers from the Alabama Department of Labor.
The jobless rate in Cherokee County was 5.8-percent last month, up from 5.4-percent on April.
That is still lower than the 6.9-percent reported in May of 2012.
The unemployment rate in Etowah County was also up from April to May, checking in at 6.3-percent. It was an even 6-percent the month before and 6.9-percent in May of last year.
In Dekalb County, the unemployment rate was 7-percent last month, up from 6.9-percent in April, but still lower than the 8.2-percent this time last year.
Calhoun County saw its jobless rate go up from 6.5-percent to 7.1-percent from April to May. It was 7.5-percent in May of last year.
Statewide, the unemployment rate was down from 6.9-percent in April to 6.8-percent in May.
Nationally, the percentage was up slightly from 7.5 to 7.6-percent.