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Wilson jobless rate up in May

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate increased a half percent in May.

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, May’s jobless rate in Wilson County was up 0.5 percent to 5 percent from April’s rate of 4.5 percent.

Rates increased in 88 counties in May, decreased in five and remained the same in two.

Wilson County ranks third in the state behind Lincoln and Williamson counties, respectively, for the lowest unemployment rate in May. 

Scott County had the highest jobless rate with 12.5 percent.

Wilson County’s rate in April represented 3,180 unemployed workers compared to a 63,580-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 increased 0.7 percent from March’s 4.9 percent. The city’s rate represents 770 unemployed workers compared to a 13,710-person labor force.

The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, increased by 0.5 percent in May compared to April’s 4.6 percent. The rate represents 43,720 unemployed workers compared to an 855,720-person workforce.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May lands at 6.4 percent, up 0.1 percent from April. The statewide rate represents 194,000 jobless workers compared to a 3.04-million-person workforce.

The national unemployment rate for May was 6.3 percent, which was unchanged from April. The national rate represents more than 9.7 million unemployed workers compared to a 155.6-million-person workforce.

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