Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 15, 2013

County jobless up in December


CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County's jobless rate increased 1.4 percent from November to December, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced.

Most counties across the state saw their unemployment rates rise, primarily due to normal seasonal employment declines. County rates are not seasonally adjusted and therefore reflect seasonal employment changes from month to month.

The state's unemployment rate, which is seasonally adjusted, remained at the November revised rate of 7.6 percent while the national unemployment rate was 7.8 percent, also unchanged from November. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.

Cumberland County's jobless rate means that, of the county's 24,800-person labor force, 2,290 were without work during December.

Scott County registered the state's highest unemployment rate at 16.8 percent, up from 15.3 percent in November. Obion County and Lauderdale County followed at 13.1 percent and Pickett County was 12.7 percent.

Williamson County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 5 percent, up from 4.4 percent in November. Lincoln County registered 5.3 percent and Knox County was 5.7 percent.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 5.7 percent, up from 5.2 percent in November. Davidson County was 6.2 percent, up from 5.7 percent. Hamilton County was 7.2 percent, up from 6.4 percent, and Shelby County was 8.7 percent, up from 7.8 percent in November.

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