Another job fair set for June 8

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

As Marshall County's unemployment rate remains in second place statewide at 17.3 percent, the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance has set a third job fair in Lewisburg to get people working and paid with federal stimulus money.

"To participate in this Job Fair, you must have already been declared eligible for the program and have not received a job," according to Paige Liggett, spokeswoman for the Workforce Alliance headquartered on the public square in Columbia.

Tuesday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Columbia State Community College campus on South Ellington Parkway is when and where the third job fair will be conducted. The first was at the Lewisburg Recreation Center on April 20. About a month later, the second was at the college.

"If you have attended the two previous job fairs and did not receive a job," Liggett said, "please join us again. There will be some new employers in attendance."

When Marshall County was found to have had the highest unemployment rate for three months in a row, Gov. Phil Bredesen allocated $3 million in federal economic stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as authorized by Congress.

The money is provided to businesses and local governments that participate in the Marshall County Recovery Program.

So far, 188 Marshall County residents are working through this program, Liggett said.

"There are more jobs available," she said.

This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and more information is available by calling 359-9726.

Liggett issued her announcement on Tuesday. Late last week the Tennessee department of Labor announced that Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2010 was 10.5 percent, down from the March rate of 10.6 percent.

Marshall County's rate went down, but it's still the second highest in the state. The nation's unemployment rate for the month of April was 9.9 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for April 2010, released Friday, show that the rate decreased in 89 counties, increased in three counties and remained the same in three counties.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 7.1 percent, down from 7.4 percent in March. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 20.3 percent, up from 19.8 in March, followed by Marshall County at 17.3 percent, down from 18.4 percent in March.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.2 percent, unchanged from March. Davidson County was 9.0 percent, down from 9.1 in March. Hamilton County was at 9.0 percent, down from 9.4 in March, and Shelby County was 10.3 percent, down from 10.5 in March.