Texas County’s unemployment rate inched upward in May, reports the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
The figure was 8.6 percent, which is an increase of seven-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.
The jobless rate in the region stands at 8.7 percent. Area counties and their jobless rates: Douglas, 8.1; Howell, 8.1; Shannon, 12; and Wright, 8.8.
The May figure comes after the lowest monthly number in recentmemory.