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Wilson jobless rate rises in October

Kimberly Jordan kimberly.jordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Nov 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate was up slightly in October compared to September's rate.

According to figures released Wednesday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, October’s jobless rate in Wilson County rose 0.3 percent to 6.6 percent from September’s rate of 6.3 percent.

Wilson joined 63 other counties in Tennessee with increases in October, with 18 counties showing a decrease and 13 remaining the same.

Wilson County ranks seventh in the state behind Williamson, Lincoln, Cheatham, Moore, Robertson and Rutherford counties, respectively, for the lowest unemployment rate in October. 

Scott County had the highest jobless rate with 16.1 percent.

Wilson County’s rate in October represented 4,130 unemployed workers compared to a 62,990-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 October remained unchanged from September at 7.1 percent. The city’s rate represents 940 unemployed workers compared to a 13,360-person labor force.

The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, increased by 0.1 percent in October compared to September’s 6.6 percent. The rate represents 58,870 unemployed workers compared to an 884,800-person workforce.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for October remains at 8.4 percent, unchanged from September. The statewide rate represents 259,900 jobless workers compared to a 3.07-million-person workforce.

The national unemployment rate for October was 7.3 percent, which was up 0.1 percent compared to September. The national rate represents more than 11.2 million unemployed workers compared to a 154.8-million-person workforce.

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