HOLMES COUNTY - Holmes County saw a decline in unemployment rates over last year.

At a rate of 4.6 percent, the county's July unemployment rate is down by 0.6 percentage point from last year in the same month and 0.1 percent of an increase over last month.

Unemployment statewide was down by 0.1 percentage point from June's rate and 0.4 from July last year.

Holmes and Calhoun have seen the greatest year-to-year improvements, with .06 percent down over last year and .08 down over last year, respectively.

Washington joins Liberty County with holding the lowest jobless rates in the CareerSource Chipola region over the course of several months. Liberty's unemployment rate is 3.9 for July.

The region, which includes Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington, has been steady. The unemployment rate was unchanged over last month and down by half a percent over the previous year.

The region reported a labor force of 41,410 - adding 320 jobs over the year. There were 1,814 unemployed residents in the region, a CareerSource Chipola news release stated.

For the state, out of 10,240,000 Floridians in the labor force, 383,000 were jobless. The work force added 27,4000 jobs to the nonagricultural employment sector over the month, the release stated. The stated gained 210,600 jobs over the year, which is an increase of 2.5 percent.