Tennessee’s unemployment rate improved by two-tenths of a percent in July. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent, compared to an even 10 percent in June.
The improvement brings the state figure closer to the national unemployment rate, which remained 9.5 percent.
The health care and social assistance sectors saw the largest job growth, adding 1,200 positions statewide. 3,900 jobs were lost in the areas of accommodations and food services.