October 2008 County Unemployment Rates

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 | 02:33 pm

Rates Decrease in 53 Counties

NASHVILLE – Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October 2008 was released last week at 7.0 percent, 0.2 percentage point lower than the September rate of 7.2 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of October was 6.5 percent.
 
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for October 2008, released today, show that 53 counties decreased. The rate increased in 27 counties and remained the same in 15 counties.
 
Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 4.7 percent, down 0.3 percentage point from the September rate. Perry County had the state’s highest at 17.4 percent, up from 16.7 in September, followed by Lauderdale County at 14.5 percent, up from 13.1 percent in September.
 
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 5.0 percent, down 0.3 percentage point from the September rate. Davidson County was 5.5 percent, down from 5.8 the previous month. Hamilton County was at 6.1 percent the same as the September rate, and Shelby County was 7.1 percent, down from the September rate of 7.4.
 
NOTE: Information will be available on the Internet; enter http://www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/october2008county.pdf
 
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