|Obion County still ranks No. 2 on unemployment list |
|Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 9:55 pm |
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Bad news this holiday season arrived in the form of the state’s monthly unemployment report released Wednesday. For the third consecutive month, Obion County is ranked second in the state in unemployment.
The county’s 15.6 percent jobless rate in October is second only to Scott County’s 18.1 percent unemployment.
Of the 10 counties with the highest jobless rate in October, West Tennessee has seven counties on the list — Obion, Fayette, Weakley, Lauderdale, Dyer, Gibson and Haywood counties.
Obion County catapulted from traditionally having one of the lowest jobless rates in the region to having the second highest unemployment rate in the state when the local Goodyear tire plant shut down in July. Some 2,000 workers at the plant were left jobless in mid-September.
The plant closure continues to impact the entire northwest Tennessee region.
Across Tennessee, the September to October jobless rate decreased in 92 counties (including Obion County), increased in one county and remained the same in two counties.
Obion County’s September unemployment rate was 16.9 percent.
In Weakley County, the October jobless rate was 13.4 percent, Dyer County’s October jobless rate was 12.9 percent, Lake County’s October jobless rate was 11.2 percent and Gibson County’s October jobless rate was 12.8 percent.
Lincoln County’s 5.8 percent jobless rate in October was the lowest in the state.
Obion County’s jobless rate has climbed steadily from 9.7 percent in May to 10.9 percent in June, 11.4 percent in July, 16.6 percent in August and 16.9 percent in September. What the state’s jobless figures translate to for Obion County is there were 2,430 people unemployed in October.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 11.25.11