What little gains Calhoun County made in employment last year appear to have evaporated.

According to a state jobless report released today, the county's unemployment rate increased to 7.9 percent in June from 7.1 percent in May, continuing a trend of rising unemployment in recent months and negating job gains the area made late last year. The county's June rate is slightly higher than the 7.8 percent unemployment rate it had in the same month last year.

The county's jobless rate represents a loss of 171 employed residents in the area.

The state did not fare much better.

According to the report, the state's unemployment rate remained flat at 6.8 percent in June. That number is also higher than the 6.5 percent rate Alabama had in June last year.

Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate decreased to 6.1 percent in June from 6.3 percent in May. That’s compared to the 7.5 percent rate America had in June last year.

The Alabama counties with the lowest unemployment rates in June were Shelby County at 5 percent, Baldwin and Cullman Counties at 5.7 percent, and Lee and Cherokee counties at 5.9 percent.  The counties with the highest unemployment rates were Wilcox County at 17.2 percent, Perry County at 14.8 percent, and Dallas County at 14.3 percent.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.