Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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July 6, 2012

County jobless rate up slightly in May

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County's jobless rate rose .3 percent from April to May, but is almost a full percent lower than the May 2011 rate according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Tennessee's unemployment rate for May rose to 7.9 percent, up from the revised April rate of 7.7 percent. The national unemployment rate for May 2012 was 8.2 percent, .1 percentage point higher than the April rate.

Cumberland County's rate of 8.9 percent means that, of the county's 24,500-person labor force, 2,180 were without work in May. The May 2011 rate was 9.8 percent.

Lincoln County and Williamson County registered the lowest unemployment rates in the state at 5.4 percent. Knox County followed at 6 percent and Blount, Loudon and Wilson counties were all at 6.4 percent.

Scott County has the state's highest unemployment rate at 15.9 percent, followed by Obion County at 13.2 percent and Pickett County at 12.3 percent.

In the Upper Cumberland, Pickett County was followed by White County with 11.2 percent unemployed and Van Buren County at 11 percent without work. Smith County registered the lowest rate in the Upper Cumberland region at 7 percent, followed by Cannon County at 7.7 percent.

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Karla Davis said, "Tennessee's employment change this month is relatively flat with a slight increase in the amount of people reentering the workforce to look for work. Even though the unemployment rate had a slight increase, it is the first increase we have seen since November 2010."

For more information, visit www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/LaborForceEstimates_May12.pdf.

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