Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 23, 2013

County jobless dips in August


CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County’s unemployment rate dipped slightly from July to August, according to figures released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Cumberland County’s rate settled at 9 percent, down from 9.2 in July. Across the state, 77 counties saw their jobless rate decline, nine saw an increase and nine counties remained the same.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for August was 8.5 percent, unchanged from July. The national unemployment rate was 7.3 percent, down one tenth of a percentage point from the previous month.

In Cumberland County, the 9 percent unemployment rate means that, of the county’s 24,820-person labor force, 2,230 were without work during August.

Lincoln County registered the lowest unemployment rate at 5.9 percent, followed by Williamson County at 6 percent and Wilson County at 6.5 percent.

Scott County has the state’s highest unemployment rate, 16.2 percent, with Lauderdale County at 13.6 percent and Weakley County at 13.1 percent.

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.9 percent, up from 6.7 percent in July. Knox County’s August rate stayed at 7 percent while Hamilton County decreased to 8.2 from 8.5 the previous month. Shelby County was 9.7 percent, down from 9.8 in July.

Over the past year, Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate has increased from 8.1 percent to 8.5 percent. The largest increases in jobs in the past year occurred in leisure/hospitality, retail trade and professional/business services.

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