Tennessee jobless rate drops, OC unemployment increases
Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 3:32 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee’s August unemployment rate of 9.7 percent decreased slightly from the previous month.
July’s rate was 9.8 percent. The national unemployment rate for August was 9.1 percent, unchanged from July.
The state is scheduled to release the unemployment statistics for each of Tennessee’s 95 counties on Thursday.
In Obion County, the July unemployment rate was 11 percent.
State Labor Commissioner Karla Davis said there’s a “balance of seasonal hires and layoffs” each year from July to August.
She said hires for the summer are ending.
According to a survey of businesses, monthly employment increases came in local government, up 13,600 jobs; administrative, support and waste services, up 6,300; and educational and health services, up 2,200.
This is the first month since August 2010 the state rate has decreased.