Data from the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations revealed that after decreasing in nearly every county in the state in April, unemployment rates throughout Missouri started to increase in May. The new figures coincided with the addition of seasonal employees to Missouri’s Labor force along with new graduates seeking employment. After unemployment decreased to 3.2 percent in April, Cape Girardeau County’s unemployment rate went up by half of a percentage point in May to 3.7 percent. Despite the increase there were only 309 first time jobless claims filed by county residents last month, the lowest number of first time claims since the early part of last year. This is also just a fraction of the 8,377 first time jobless claims that were filed during the first three months of the pandemic.