While unemployment statistics state and nationwide continued a slight downward spiral during May, Phillips County's jobless numbers bucked that trend.

Unemployment rose 0.4 percent in Phillips County between April and May according to the latest figures provided by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. Phillips County's unemployment rate hit 5.1 percent in May compared to 4.7 percent back in April.

While unemployment statistics state and nationwide continued a slight downward spiral during May, Phillips County's jobless numbers bucked that trend.

Unemployment rose 0.4 percent in Phillips County between April and May according to the latest figures provided by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. Phillips County's unemployment rate hit 5.1 percent in May compared to 4.7 percent back in April.

For the second consecutive month, Phillips County had the fifth highest jobless rate in the state.

Meanwhile, the statewide unemployment numbers dropped another 0.1 percent between April in May. Arkansas' jobless statistics stood at 3.4 percent after hitting a record-low 3.5 percent the previous month.

Nationally, unemployment also fell 0.1 percent. After hitting the 4.4 percent mark in April, the jobless numbers fell to 4.3 percent in May.

Three of Phillips County's East Arkansas Delta neighbors also recorded modest increases during the 30-day period between April and May. Desha County reached 4.5 percent in May after reporting 4.2 percent in April; an 0.3 percent leap upward. Jobless figures in St. Francis County rose 0.2 percent, reaching 4.1 percent in May after recording 3.9 percent in April.

Lee County unemployment rose 0.1 percent from 3.7 percent in April to 3.8 percent in May.

Monroe County experienced an 0.3 percent decrease for the month. Their numbers stood at 3.7 percent in April but fell to 3.4 percent during May.

Again, Chicot County had the highest unemployment rate among the state's 75 counties in May at 5.7 percent. That's up 0.2 percent from April's 5.5 percent level.

Washington County still has the lowest jobless rate in the state despite increasing 0.3 percent from April's 2.0 mark. That county's jobless rate stood at 2.3 percent in May.

The statistics are not seasonally adjusted.