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Local jobless rate decreases

Jared Felkins Director of Content • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Wilson County followed trends among 89 other counties in showing a slight decrease in unemployment rates in August as compared to July while Lebanon showed a more substantial decrease.

The figures, released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, showed Wilson County’s jobless rate dropped from 7 percent in July to 6.9 percent in August. The rate represents 4,260 unemployed workers compared to a 61,560 available workforce.

Lebanon’s jobless rate fell to 8 percent in August compared to 8.3 percent in July, which represents 1,050 people unemployed compared to an available labor force of 13,150.

The jobless rate for the Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson and 12 other counties, also decreased slightly from 7.3 percent in July to 7.2 percent in August, which represents 59,940 unemployed out of 836,770 workers.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for August increased to 8.5 percent, up from the July revised rate of 8.4 percent. The national unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, down from 8.3 percent in July.

Statewide, the rate represents 264,400 unemployed workers compared to a 3.1 million-person labor force. The national rate reflects 12.5 million workers unemployed compared to a 154.6 million-person workforce.

Tennessee counties with the lowest unemployment rates include Lincoln County at 5.7 percent, Williamson at 5.9 percent and Blount at 6.7 percent. Counties with the highest unemployment rates include Scott County at 17.5 percent, Obion County at 14 percent and Weakley County at 13.4 percent.

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