Unemployment rate rises in May

The number of people on the job in Jackson County grew to its highest level in nearly six years in May.

The addition of 369 people to the work force that grew to nearly 20,800, however, didn’t keep the county’s unemployment rate from growing to 4.8 percent from April’s revised rate of 4.5 percent.

Jim Plump, executive director of the Jackson County Industrial Development Corp., said the slight increase in the unemployment rate is offset by the good news that more than 369 new jobs were reported.


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