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Jobless rate rises

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate increased by 0.8 percent in June.

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, June’s jobless rate in Wilson County was up 0.8 percent to 5.8 percent from April’s rate of 5.0 percent.

Rates increased in all 95 counties in June.

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

Scott County had the highest jobless rate with 14.2 percent.

Wilson County’s rate in June represented 3,710 unemployed workers compared to a 63,990-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 June increased 0.8 percent from May’s 5.6 percent. The city’s rate represents 880 unemployed workers compared to a 13,790-person labor force.

The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, increased by 0.9 percent in June compared to May’s 5.1 percent. The rate represents 51,570 unemployed workers compared to an 861,910-person workforce.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June lands at 7.4 percent, up 1.1 percent from May. The statewide rate represents 226,800 jobless workers compared to a 3.07-million-person workforce.

The national unemployment rate for June was 6.1 percent, which was down 0.2 percent from May. The national rate represents more than 9.4 million unemployed workers compared to a 155.6-million-person workforce.

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