Wilson jobless rate falls in November

Wilson County’s unemployment rate showed a significant decrease in November compared to October figures.
Dec 27, 2013

Wilson County’s unemployment rate showed a significant decrease in November compared to October figures.

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, November’s jobless rate in Wilson County fell 1.2 percent to 5.4 percent from October’s rate of 6.6 percent. 

Wilson joined 92 other counties in Tennessee with decreases in November. Only one county, Sequatchie, showed an increase. Overton County remained flat. 

Wilson County also moved from seventh to third in the state behind Williamson and Lincoln counties, respectively, for the lowest unemployment rate in November. 

Scott County had the highest jobless rate with 15.7 percent.

Wilson County’s rate in November represented 3,440 unemployed workers compared to a 63,100-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 November, at 6.3 percent also fell compared to October’s 7.1 percent. The city’s rate represented 850 unemployed workers compared to a 13,440-person labor force.

The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, decreased by 1 percent in November compared to October’s 6.7 percent. The rate represents 51,030 unemployed workers compared to an 888,030-person workforce.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November also fell .4 percent to 8.1 percent compared to October. The statewide rate represents 248,100 jobless workers compared to a nearly 3.1-million-person workforce.

The national unemployment rate for November was 7 percent, which was down .3 percent compared to October. The national rate represents nearly 11 million unemployed workers compared to a nearly 155.3-million-person workforce.

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