Cherokee County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, that’s according to the latest numbers published by the Alabama Department of Labor. The May unemployment rate across the state was 6.1%, that’s unchanged from last month’s rate and from this time a year ago. The lowest rates posted include Shelby County at 4.2%; Elmore County at 4.8% and Cherokee County at just 4.9%. Calhoun County is at 6.5%, Etowah County sits at 5.7%, and Talladega County is at 6.2%. May’s rate represents more than 132,000 unemployed people, compared to 133,000 in April and 130,000 in May 2015.