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Jobless rate in county third highest

Jobless rate in county third highest
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
After six months of having the state’s second highest unemployment rate, Obion County’s 15.4 percent jobless rate was ranked as the third highest in the state in February, behind Scott and Pickett counties.
The state jobless report was released last week by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The state’s seasonably adjusted unemployment rate went from 8.2 percent in January to 8 percent in February. Tennessee’s February jobless rate (250,900 unemployed) was just below the national rate of 8.3 percent (12,806,000 unemployed).
Obion County’s February 15.4 percent unemployment rate (2,120 unemployed) is down from the county’s 17.2 percent rate in January.
Across the state, the jobless rate dropped in 75 counties, increased in 10 counties and remained unchanged in 10 counties.
Across northwest Ten-nessee, the February unemployment rate was:
• 12.1 percent in Weakley County (1,870 unemployed)
• 10.7 percent in Lake County (300 unemployed)
• 11.7 percent in Gibson County (2,520 unemployed)
• 11.8 percent in Dyer County (2,000 unemployed).
The unemployment rate declined from January to February in each of the five counties listed above.
Of the 10 counties with the state’s highest jobless rates in February, four were from West Tennessee — Obion, Lauderdale, Haywood and Weakley counties. Williamson County’s 5.6 percent February unemployment rate was the lowest in the state and Scott County’s 17.6 percent rate was the highest.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 4.2.12

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