Jobless rate up a bit in May

Kimberly Jordan • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate broke a three-month downward trend in May with a slight increase, but it remains one of the lowest in the state.

According to figures released Thursday from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, May’s jobless rate in Wilson County rose .2 percent to 6.7 percent compared to April’s revised rate of 6.5 percent and broke a four-month streak of decreases from 6.6 percent in March, 6.8 percent in February and 7 percent in January.

Wilson joined 81 other counties in Tennessee with increases in May with eight counties showing a decrease and five remaining the same.

Wilson County was tied for fourth with Sumner and Davidson counties in the state behind Williamson, Lincoln, and Blount counties, respectively, for the lowest unemployment rate in May. Scott County had the highest jobless rate with 17 percent.

Wilson County’s rate in May represented 4,280 unemployed workers compared to a 64,070-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 May also rose .3 percent from April to 7.7 percent. The city’s rate represents 1,060 unemployed workers compared to a 13,670-person labor force.

The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, also rose to 6.7 percent in May compared to April’s 6.4 percent. The rate represents 58,040 unemployed workers compared to an 864,060-person workforce.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May rose to 8.3 percent compared to April at 8 percent. The statewide rate represents 260,700 jobless workers compared to a 3.13 million-person workforce.

The national unemployment rate for May was 7.6 percent, which was up .1 percent compared to April. The national rate represents more than 11.7 million unemployed workers compared to a nearly 155.7 million-person workforce.

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