(Cleveland)-The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday that White County’s preliminary unemployment rate in May was 2.1 percent. That is up from the 1.7 percent revised April rate.

The labor department said the labor force in White County in May was 16,606, of those 16,262 were employed while 344 were unemployed.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that all Regional Commissions recorded a rise in unemployment rates in May. In the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission area, which includes White County,   the May preliminary unemployment rate was up four-tenths to 2.2 percent, the rate was 2.9 percent one year ago.

 According to Butler, “Even though the labor force increased in all regions job postings continue to outpace those gains placing strain on employers to find talent for open positions.”