Siskiyou County’s unemployment rate dipped more than a point last month to 16.4 percent, but remains relatively unchanged from where it was at the same time in 2010.

The rate dropped from 17.7 percent in April to 16.4 percent in May, according to information released from the state’s Employment Development Department last week.

In May 2010, Siskiyou County’s unemployment rate was 16.2 percent.

Most of the employment increase was seen in the federal government, with the addition of 110 jobs – a 13.9 percent increase in that category for the month.

Smaller increases were seen in many other industries, including goods producing, service providing and professional and business services.

Of a total labor force of 18,790 people in the county, 3,310 were unemployed in May, according to EDD statistics.

Statewide, the California unemployment rate dipped from 11.7 percent to 11.4 percent, and the US unemployment rate remained stagnant between April and May, at 8.7 percent.

The small unemployment decrease locally puts Siskiyou County’s ranking at 48 out of California’s 58 counties.

As usual, Marin County is ranked first, with an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent. Imperial County, at the farthest southern tip of the state, remains last with an unemployment rate of 27.7 percent.

Nearby Shasta County is ranked 37th in California, where 14.7 percent of the workforce is unemployed.