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Area has high unemployment

Area has high unemployment

From AP, Staff Reports
Goodyear’s shutdown of its Union City’s plant last fall continues to have a lingering effect on the area’s unemployment rate, in southwest Kentucky as well as in northwest Tennessee.
Obion County’s April unemployment rate — 12.7 percent — was ranked as being the second highest rate in the state, again.
The county’s 12.7 percent jobless rate translates to 1,670 people out of work in Obion County in April, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Tennessee’s county-by-county unemployment figures were released Thursday afternoon.
Elsewhere across northwest Tennessee:
• Weakley County’s April jobless rate was 10.9 percent (fifth highest rate in the state)
• Lake County’s April jobless rate was 9.5 percent.
• Gibson County’s April jobless rate was 10.4 percent.
• Dyer County’s April jobless rate was 10.4 percent.
Across Tennessee, the April unemployment rate increased in five counties, decreased in 84 counties and remained unchanged in six counties, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The state’s unemployment dropped slightly in April, marking the ninth straight month of decreases in the state’s unemployment rate.
The 7.8 percent unemployment rate is down from 7.9 percent in March and the lowest it’s been since November 2008.
Labor and Workforce Development Commis-sioner Karla Davis said in a release that the decrease in the jobless rate is largely caused by fewer people seeking work.
The national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in April, also 0.1 percentage point lower than the previous month.
State manufacturing jobs saw the biggest increase compared with last month, at a growth rate of 1.8 percent. Next were jobs in trade, transportation and utilities at 1.6 percent and positions in the leisure and hospitality sector at 1.5 percent.
In Kentucky, the jobless rate fell in 110 counties in April.
The latest figures unveiled by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training on Thursday also show that nine other counties saw unemployment worsen and one county remained unchanged.
Fulton County’s 20.5 percent jobless rate was the state’s highest.
Magoffin County was next at 15.7 percent, followed by Jackson and Leslie counties, both of which were above 13 percent.
Woodford County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 5.1 percent.

Published in The Messenger 5.25.12

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