Unemployment rates in Brown and surrounding counties either dropped or remained stable between April and May, as local rates continued to perform slightly better than the same month state and national rates.

Information from the Texas Workforce Commission was presented to members of the board of the Brownwood Economic Development Corporation by Executive Director James Campbell at their Tuesday afternoon meeting.

Brown County’s jobless rate fell from 3.8 to 3.6 percent between April and May, but that was the result of a drop in both the labor force and the number of people employed. In April, the labor force stood at 19.416; in May, it was 19,265. The number employed dropped from 18,676 to 18,563. The number of unemployed feel from 740 to 702.

Unemployment rates in Texas and the U.S. were 3.9 and 4.3 percent, respectively, during both months.

Jobless rate, labor force totals, number of people employed and number unemployed for April and May for area counties follow:

CALLAHAN — 3.2 and 3.1 percent, 7,126 to 7,132, 6,895 to 6,914, 231 to 218.

COLEMAN — 3.6 and 3.6 percent, 4,206 to 4,164, 4,055 to 4,016, 151 to 148.

COMANCHE — 3.8 and 3.7 percent, 6,359 to 6,366, 6,118 to 6,133, 241 to 233.

EASTLAND — 3.8 and 3.8 percent, 8,607 to 8,569, 8,278 to 8,240, 329 and 329.

McCULLOCH — 3.8 and 3.6 percent, 3,624 to 3,578, 3,486 to 3,448, 138 to 130.

MILLS — 3.3 and 3.3 percent, 2,394 to 2,400, 2,315 to 2,322, 79 to 78.

SAN SABA — 4.2 to 3.9 percent, 2,481 to 2,472, 2,377 to 2,375, 104 to 97.