Calhoun County's jobless rate remained relatively flat in May, both compared to the previous month and May of last year.

According to a Friday report from the Alabama Department of Labor, the county's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in May, relatively unchanged from its 7 percent unemployment rate in April. The report shows the county's unemployment rate was also 7 percent in May last year.

The statistics show the county's workforce barely changed between April and May. The total number of residents available to work in the county decreased to 48,714 people in May from 48,775 in April.

The county's flat rate was in line with the rest of the state, which had an average unemployment rate of 6.8 percent in May, compared to 6.9 percent in April.

According to a Friday press release from the labor department, wage and salary employment increased in May by 4,700 people across the state. Monthly gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector with 2,200 workers, the manufacturing sector with 1,700 workers and others.

"We have seen increases in wages and salary employment for the past four months," Tom Surtees, Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner, was quoted as saying in the release. "In fact, the number of jobs supported by Alabama's economy is at its highest point since January 2009, when the recession really began to affect Alabama's employment picture."

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates in May were Shelby County at 4.4 percent, Lee County at 4.8 percent and Cullman and Baldwin Counties at 5.1 percent. Counties with the highest unemployment rates were Wilcox County at 15.6 percent, Dallas County at 12.1 percent and Lowndes County at 11.9 percent.

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