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Jobless rate holds steady

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate remained flat in January to start 2014 compared to December figures.

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, January’s jobless rate in Wilson County remained unchanged at 5.3 percent compared to December’s revised rate. January’s rate was 2.1 percent lower than a year ago. 

Wilson joined 11 other counties in Tennessee with no rate changes in January with 49 counties’ rates increasing and 34 decreasing. 

Wilson County, however, dropped from third in December to seventh behind Williamson, Lincoln, Cannon, Davidson, Sumner and Rutherford counties, respectively, for the lowest unemployment rates in January. The county was ranked seventh among Tennessee counties in October for lowest jobless rate. 

Scott County had the highest jobless rate with 15.9 percent.

Wilson County’s rate in December represented 3,340 unemployed workers compared to a 62,460-person workforce and does not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits.

Among Tennessee’s larger cities, Lebanon’s rate for January, at 5.9 percent, rose compared to December’s 5.7 percent but remained below November’s 6.3 percent and October’s 7.1 percent. Lebanon’s rate was 2.8 percent lower than a year ago. The city’s rate represented 800 unemployed workers compared to a 13,460-person labor force.

The Nashville-Murfreesboro-Columbia metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, decreased by 0.2 percent in January compared to December’s 5.6 percent. The rate represented 47,580 unemployed workers compared to an 828,820-person workforce.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for January also fell 0.5 percent to 7.2 percent compared to December and decreased 0.9 percent from a year ago. The statewide rate represents 218,100 jobless workers compared to a more than 3 million-person workforce.

The national unemployment rate for January was 6.6 percent, which was down 0.1 percent compared to December and a decrease of 1.3 percent from a year ago. The national rate represents about 10.2 million unemployed workers compared to a more than 155 million-person workforce.

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