Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

June 13, 2013

County's jobless rate dips in April


CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County's jobless rate for April was 9.5 percent, down .5 percent from the March rate of 10 percent.

Across the state, the unemployment rate for April was 8 percent, down two tenths of a percentage point from March, and the national unemployment rate was 7.5 percent for April, decreasing by one tenth of one percentage points from the previous month.

Cumberland County's rate means that, of the county's 24,780-person labor force, 2,340 people were without work in April.

Williamson County recorded the state's lowest unemployment rate at 5.3 percent, followed by Lincoln County at 5.6 percent and Rutherford County at 6.3 percent.

Scott County had the state's highest unemployment, 16.1 percent, followed by Lauderdale County at 13.5 percent and Pickett County at 13.2 percent.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.4 percent, up from 6.2 percent in March. Davidson County also increased from 6.2 percent in March to 6.5 percent in April. Hamilton County was 7.5 percent, down from 7.6 percent the previous month. Shelby County was 9.2 percent, down from 9.5 percent in March.

Tennessee's April unemployment rate is the lowest April rate since 2008. Total non-farm employment increased by 4,500 jobs from March to April (seasonally adjusted). The largest increases in jobs occurred in the professional/business services, education/health services and accommodation/food services.

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