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Jobless rate increases in county

Jobless rate increases in county
Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2009 was released last week at 10.8 percent, 0.1 percentage point higher than the May rate of 10.7 percent. The United States’ unemployment rate for the month of June was 9.5 percent.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for June 2009, released today, show that the rate increased in 84 counties, decreased in eight counties and remained the same in three counties.
Weakley County’s rate jumped almost two percent since May.
According to the state’s labor force estimates, Weakley County has 16,020 people in its workforce, but only 13,900 people are employed.
The reported unemployment rate for Weakley County stood at 13.2 percent for the month compared to 11.5 percent for the month of May. In June 2008, Weakley County’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent. Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 7.1 percent, up from 6.5 percent in May.
Perry County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 22.1 percent, down from 24.2 in May, followed by Lauderdale County at 19.7 percent, up from 19.2 percent in May.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.5 percent, up 0.6 percentage point from the May rate.
Davidson County was 9.4 percent, up 0.8 from the previous month. Hamilton County was at 9.3 percent, up 0.6 percentage point from the May rate, and Shelby County was 10.5 percent, up from the May rate of 9.5 percent.
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