Unemployment rate in Obion County rises .2 percent
Obion County’s December unemployment rate of 5.5 percent increased two-tenths from the previous month’s rate of 5.3 percent.
Statewide, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 5.3 percent for December was up from the November rate of 4.9 percent.
The United States unemploy-ment rate for the month of De-cember was 5 percent, up from 4.7 percent the previous month.
County non-seasonally ad-justed unemployment rates show that 10 counties decreased, 76 increased and nine remained the same, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Most of the counties sur-rounding Obion County also recorded increases for the month, with the exception of Weakley County, which dropped five-tenths to 5.9 percent. Lake County jumped eight-tenths to 7 percent, Dyer County was up four-tenths to 5.9 percent and Gibson County increased five-tenths to 7.4 percent.
For the Combined Statistical Area of Union City-Martin, TN-KY, the rate was 5.8 percent, down one-tenth from the previous month. Broken down, the Union City Micropolitan Area, TN-KY, registered 5.8 percent, up three-tenths from the previous month, while the Martin Micropolitan Area (Weakley County) showed a rate of 5.9 percent, down five-tenths for the month.
In the Union City, TN-KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, the rate showed a three-tenths increase, going from 5.5 percent to 5.8 percent for December. The Obion County portion was up two-tenths to 5.5 percent, while the Kentucky portion (Fulton County) registered a nine-tenths increase to 7.6 percent.
Statewide, Williamson County registered the lowest county unemployment rate for December at 3.6 percent, followed by Knox County at 3.7 percent. Pickett County was the state’s highest at 9.9 percent, followed by Marshall County at 9.1 percent.
Knoxville had the state’s lowest major metropolitan statistical area (MSA) rate at 4 percent, which increased from 3.9 percent in November. The Nashville-Murfreesboro MSA remained unchanged from November’s 4.2 percent. The Chattanooga MSA was 4.3 percent, down from the previous month’s rate of 4.4 percent, and the Memphis MSA went up to 5.5 percent from 5.2 percent in November.
Published in The Messenger 1.28.08