Unemployment rates in every Southeast Missouri county went up in June compared to the month before as high school and college graduates entered the job market and some seasonal workers left their jobs for the summer. The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations released the June county-by-county unemployment data last week. The data revealed that Cape County’s jobless rate increased for the second straight month in June to 4.2%, from 3.2% in April and 3.7% in May. However, the number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits filed by Cape County residents went down for the fifth month in a row. This number which was 554 in January, dropped to just 204 in June, the lowest number since February 2020, when there were only 139 initial claims filed.