The number of people who were out of work during August dipped for most counties in Northeast Missouri.

New state figures show Clark, Pike and Ralls counties saw rises in unemployment, but most places recorded decreases.

The biggest drop was in Lincoln County, where the rate went from eight percent in July to six-point-seven percent in August. Montgomery County saw a drop of almost one percent, and Knox and Lewis counties also saw large decreases.

Audrain County’s rate was unchanged. Slight decreases were seen in Knox, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Scotland and Shelby counties.

Hannibal’s unemployment rate dropped from six percent to five-point-nine percent.