CHIPLEY - Washington County unemployment rate crept up slightly over last month, though down by year-over-year.

The unemployment rate in Washington County was  3.9 percent in June, which was .5 percentage point higher than the previous month and .4 percentage point lower than the county's rate a year ago.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity releases seasonally adjusted unemployment data each month.

In June, Washington County saw the lowest unemployment rate out of the five-county CareerSource Chipola region, which includes Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington. The county also had a lower unemployment rate than the region's rate of 4.4 percent.

The data showed an overall trend, including for the region, of slightly higher unemployment rates from May to June.

Liberty County had a June rate of 4.2 percent and the rest of the counties in the CareerSource Chipola region showed a rate of 4.5 percent.

The state's rate was 3.8 percent in June, which was constant with the May rate and down .3 percentage point from a year ago, a CareerSource Chipola news release stated. The state gained 17,500 jobs over the year, an increase of 2 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.0 percent.