Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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December 14, 2012

County's jobless rate up slightly in October

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County's unemployment rate rose slightly in October, up .1 percentage point over September.

Cumberland County posted a 8.3 percent jobless rate for the month, according to non-seasonally adjusted data released recently by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That's up from September's rate of 8.2 percent. Across the state, unemployment was at 8.2 percent, with rates decreasing in 14 counties, increasing in 64 counties, and holding steady in 17.

The national unemployment rate for October 2012 was 7.9 percent, up .1 percentage point from September's rate of 7.8 percent.

The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted to eliminate influences of weather, holidays and opening or closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events. County rates are not adjusted.

Lincoln County recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 5.1 percent, followed by Williamson County at 5.2 percent and Knox County at 5.9 percent.

Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate, 16.4 percent, followed by Obion County at 13.8 percent and Fayette County at 13.6 percent.

Cumberland County's 8.3 percent means that, of the county's 24,760-person labor force, 2,050 people were without work during the month of September.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate, which was unchanged from September. Davidson County was 6.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent. Hamilton County was 7.3 percent, up from 7.1 percent, and Shelby County was 8.7 percent, up from 8.5 percent in September.

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