Jobless rate drops to 6.5 percent

Wilson rate third-lowest in state
Sep 26, 2013

Wilson County’s unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percent in August compared to July's rate.

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, August’s jobless rate in Wilson County fell 0.1 percent to 6.5 percent from July’s rate of 6.6 percent.

Wilson joined 76 other counties in Tennessee with decreases in August with nine counties showing an increase and nine remaining the same.

Wilson County ranks third in the state behind Lincoln and Williamson counties, respectively, for the lowest unemployment rate in August. Scott County had the highest jobless rate with 16.2 percent.

Wilson County’s rate in August represented 4,160 unemployed workers compared to a 63,840-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 August also fell 0.4 percent from July to 7.4 percent. The city’s rate represents 1,000 unemployed workers compared to a 13,900 labor force.

The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, remained the same in August compared to July’s 6.8 percent. The rate represents 58,480 unemployed workers compared to an 863,020-person workforce.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for August sits at 8.5 percent, unchanged from July. The statewide rate represents 264,500 jobless workers compared to a 3.1 million-person workforce.

The national unemployment rate for August was 7.3 percent, which was down 0.1 percent compared to July. The national rate represents more than 11.3 million unemployed workers compared to a 155.4 million-person workforce.

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