The job picture remained cloudy in May, according to the latest report from the Maine Department of Labor.

The unemployment rate for Knox County was 7.1 percent in May, the same as in 2010.

The rate is down from the 7.8 percent May 2009 rate that occurred during the depths of The Great Recession but is still well above the seasonal norm. Prior to 2009, the May unemployment rate ranged from a low of 2.5 percent in 2000 to a high of 4.4 percent in 2008.

The Knox County rate is less than the statewide May rate of 7.8 percent.

There were 18,960 people working in Knox County during May with 1,460 people officially listed as unemployed. The number of people working in May was down slightly from a year ago.

Rates ranged from a low of 6.2 percent in Cumberland County to a high of 11.5 percent in Piscataquis County.

Lincoln County’s rate was 7.2 percent and Waldo County’s rate was 8.2 percent.