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County jobless rate rises in March

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate decreased in March compared to February’s rate.

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, March’s jobless rate in Wilson County was down 0.4 percent to 5.3 percent from February’s rate of 5.7 percent.

Wilson joined 86 other counties in Tennessee with decreases in March, with four counties showing an increase and five remaining the same.

Wilson County ranks fourth in the state behind Williamson, Lincoln and Rutherford counties, respectively, for the lowest unemployment rate in March. 

Scott County had the highest jobless rate with 14.8 percent.

Wilson County’s rate in October represented 3,360 unemployed workers compared to a 63,010-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 March decreased 0.4 percent from February’s 6.2 percent. The city’s rate represents 780 unemployed workers compared to a 13,560-person labor force.

The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, decreased by 0.2 percent in March compared to February’s 5.6 percent. The rate represents 45,490 unemployed workers compared to an 847,370-person workforce.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for March lands at 6.7 percent, down 0.2 percent from February. The statewide rate represents 203,800 jobless workers compared to a 3.04-million-person workforce.

The national unemployment rate for March was also 6.7 percent, which was unchanged from February. The national rate represents more than 10.4 million unemployed workers compared to a 156.2-million-person workforce.

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