Cherokee County's unemployment rate decreased for the month of April, compared to March figures.

According to data released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Cherokee County's jobless rate for April was 3.2 percent, lower than the previous month and from the same time last year.

Cherokee County, which was ranked 56th in the state, reported a labor force of 18,521 in April - a slight increase of 80 from the previous month. The number of people claiming unemployment in April was 586, while the number cited in March was 719.

Employment for April in Cherokee County was 17,935, an increase of 16 from March.

April jobless rates for surrounding counties include: 3.5 percent in Adair County; 3.3 percent in Delaware County; 2.6 percent in Mayes County; 3.1 percent in Muskogee County; 3.3 percent in Sequoyah Count; and 2.6 percent in Wagoner County.

Statewide in April, Latimer County had the highest county unemployment rate of 4.6 percent.

McIntosh County had the second-highest rate for the month, with 4.6 percent, while McCurtain County had the third-highest with 4.1 percent. Cimarron County claimed the lowest county unemployment rate of 1.4 percent.