Tennessee’s jobless rate increased a tenth of percent in February, ending the month at 7.8 percent. Still, it is the lowest the state’s February rate has been since 2008, and marks a two-tenths of a percent decline from the same time last year.
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New unemployment figures show the November jobless rate went down in all but four of Tennessee’s 95 counties. And three of those four held steady, with no increase.
Unemployment in Tennessee inched up for the fourth month in a row. The rate for August released Thursday was 8.5 percent. Tennessee is moving the opposite direction of the national jobless rate, which dropped to 8.1 percent last month.
The jobless rate rose last month in more than half of Tennessee’s counties. The statewide figure inched up from 8.1 to 8.4 percent in July. But according to the state department of Labor and Workforce, when the numbers are crunched on a more local level, they show unemployment rates of ten percent or more in 54 of the state’s 95 counties.
Tennessee’s jobless rate was 7.9 percent in May, compared to 7.7 in April. That’s the first increase in two years.
December unemployment rates dropped in more than half of Tennessee’s counties. Still, jobless figures remain in the double-digits in 40 counties.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate is holding steady.
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.
Tennessee’s July unemployment rate dropped slightly to 10-point-7 percent.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate has broken into double digits for the first time in 26 years.