The county's unemployment rate was 8.9 percent last month, according to a new report from the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate is an increase from 8.8 percent in July and down from 9 percent in August last year.
Cherokee held onto the second-lowest unemployment rate in the metro Atlanta area for the month. Fayette County reported an 8.6 percent unemployment rate last month.
The local labor force shrunk from 107,263 in July to 107,092 last month. The number of people employed fell from 97,831 in July to 97,539.
The metro Atlanta unemployment rate rose from 10.1 percent in July to 10.4 percent in August. The rate was 10.1 percent in August last year.
The state rate jumped to 10 percent last month, up from 9.9 percent in July. The rate was 10 percent in August 2009.
Nationally, the rate was 9.6 percent, a small increase from 9.5 percent in July and down from 9.7 percent at this time last year.
Marshall Day of Ball Ground, chairman of the county's Office of Economic Development board, said the number, whether it is up or down for the month, is still too high.
"The election will have a bearing on that," he said, adding that business prospects continue to be interested in Cherokee County, but the uncertainty in the economic recovery is an obstacle.
"Prospects and businesses don't like uncertainty," he said. "It is hard to tell where we are going and how we are going to get there."
Steve Holcomb of Ball Ground, vice chairman of the Office of Economic Development board, said he hasn't seen anything to suggest the rate will decrease much by the end of the year.
"Most business are not adding jobs in production because they don't feel enough confidence in the market," said Holcomb, president of United Community Bank-Cherokee. "It is that lack of confidence that has to be broken."
He said the rate bump could be attributed to people who had stopped actively searching for a job, but recently have started looking again.
Nathan Brandon, past chairman of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, said the rate leap in August "could be considered a hiccup."
"The general trend is that it is lowering," said Brandon, director of Cherokee County Senior Services. "The trend will still continue downward. We will see those numbers drop."
Other unemployment rates in the metro region for August include: Bartow at 11.1 percent, Clayton at 8.9 percent, Cobb at 9.9 percent, DeKalb at 10.7 percent, Douglas at 11 percent, Fulton at 10.9 percent, Gwinnett at 9.4 percent, Henry at 10.3 percent, Paulding at 10.5 percent and Rockdale at 11.6 percent.