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Unemployment drops; county still ranks 2nd

Unemployment drops; county still ranks 2nd
From staff, AP reports
Obion County’s March unemployment rate has dropped from 15.4 to 15.2 percent, the second highest jobless rate in the state, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
What that translates to is 2,070 people in the county were without a job in March, according to the state.
The state agency released its statewide jobless report Thursday afternoon.
Obion County was ranked second to Scott County’s 17.1 percent unemployment rate.
Across Tennessee, the unemployment rate increased in five counties, declined in 89 counties and was unchanged in one county. Of the 10 counties with the highest unemployment rate in the state, four are located in West Tennessee.
Williamson County in Middle Tennessee, just south of Nashville, had the state’s lowest March jobless rate at 5.2 percent.
It was last month that Obion County dropped to having the third highest unemployment rate in the state after going six consecutive months with the second highest jobless rate in the state.
Elsewhere across northwest Tennessee:
• Weakley County’s March jobless rate was 11.8 percent, compared to 12.1 percent in February.
• Lake County’s March jobless rate was 9.7 percent, compared to 10.7 percent in February.
• Dyer County’s March jobless rate was 11.3 percent, compared to 11.8 percent in February.
• Gibson County’s March jobless rate was 11.1 percent, compared to 11.7 percent in February.
There were 35 counties across the state with a March unemployment rate greater than 10 percent, according to the state jobless report.
The March unemployment rate in Tennessee dipped just below 8 percent.
Karla Davis, commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development, said earlier this month the rate fell a 10th of a point to 7.9 percent. It was the eighth straight month of decline, and the rate is at its lowest level since November 2008.
The national figure for March was 8.2 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from February.
The commissioner said the state lost jobs in March, but the number of unemployed declined at a faster rate.

Published in The Messenger 4.28.12

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