Obion and Weakley counties now rank second and third, respectively, in the State of Tennessee, but the category is not a positive one. Obion County stands at 17.2 percent and Weakley County falls in at 15.2 percent in unemployment rates.
The highest unemployment rate in the state goes to Scott County with 19.7 percent and the county in the best shape with the lowest rate is Lincoln County with 6.4 percent.
These numbers were compiled by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Employment Security Division, research and studies and they show that, for the month of August, Weakley County had a labor force of 16,040 with 13,610 employed and 2,430 unemployed. The percentage of 15.2 is up .3 percent from July.
As a whole, the Union City-Martin area has a labor force of 33,690 with 28,210 employed and 5,480 unemployed. The combined rate of 16.3 percent is up 3.1 percentage points from July.
Union City’s rate of 17.2 percent is up a staggering 5.4 percent from a July number of 11.8 percent.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for August 2011, released last week show that the rate decreased in 57 counties, 28 counties increased, and 10 counties remained the same.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for August was 9.7 percent, down from the July revised rate of 9.8. The national unemployment rate for August 2011 was 9.1 percent, unchanged from the July revised rate.
Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.4 percent, up from the July rate of 6.2 percent, followed by Williamson County at 6.8 percent, up from 6.7 percent.
Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.7 percent, down from 19.8 percent in the previous month, followed by Obion County at 17.2, up from 11.4 percent in July. Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.7 percent, up from 7.5 percent in July.