The unemployment rate in Franklin County is the lowest it has been in more than four years.

Following the economic collapse of 2008, the peak unemployment in Franklin County hit 13.10 percent in February of 2010.

In April, the latest figures available from the state, the rate was down to 6.8 percent in Franklin County, compared to the state rate of 6.6 percent.

Local industries indicate that they are hiring, said Darren Lamb, community and economic development director for the city of Washington.

This is also a good time of year for jobs because it is the peak construction season, Lamb added.

Franklin County was hurt by the decline in the automotive industry, particularly the closing of the Harman-Becker plant in Washington, Lamb noted.

It is important for Franklin County to have a well-trained work force, he said. Many times when industries are looking at an area they want to know there is an adequate work force in place, Lamb said.