Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 5, 2014

County jobless rate falls in April

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County's jobless rate fell to 6.9 percent in April, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported. That's down from the March revised rate of 8.7 percent.

Across the state, jobless rates decreased in all 95 counties and the state recorded a preliminary April rate of 6.3 percent, the lowest state unemployment rate since May 2008. The April rate was down from 6.7 percent reported in March. It is the eighth consecutive month Tennessee's jobless rate has decreased. The national unemployment rate was 6.3 percent.

In Cumberland County, the 6.9 percent jobless rate means that, of the county's 23,080-person labor force, 1,580 persons were without work during the month of April.

County monthly jobless rates are not seasonally adjusted, while state and national rates are. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influence of weather, holidays, opening and closing of schools and other seasonal events from economic time series.

Williamson County reported the lowest jobless rate at 3.9 percent, followed by Lincoln County at 4 percent, Rutherford County at 4.4 percent and Wilson and Moore counties at 4.5 percent.

Scott County registered the highest unemployment rate at 13.5 percent, down from 14.8 percent the previous month. Lauderdale County reported a rate of 10.3 percent, with Pickett County at 9.7 percent and Wayne County at 9.3 percent.

Davidson and Knox counties had the state's lowest metropolitan rates, both at 4.7 percent. Davidson County was down from 5.5 percent in March and Knox County was down from 5.6 percent. Hamilton County was 5.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in March, and Shelby County was 7.1 percent, down from 8.4 percent in March.

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