County unemployment rate drops, remains 2nd highest

Friday, November 26, 2010

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce has announced that Marshall County's unemployment rate was 15.5 percent during October.

That's a drop from the 15.6 percent unemployment rate in September, but joblessness in Marshall County remains the second highest in the state and Lincoln County's rate remains the lowest.

Tennessee's unemployment rate for October was 9.4 percent, unchanged from the September rate. The national unemployment rate for October 2010 was 9.6 percent, unchanged from the September rate.

County unemployment rates went down in 43 counties and increased in 38. The rate remained the same in 14 counties.

Lincoln County's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in October, up from the September rate of 6.0 percent. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 19.0 percent, down from 19.8 percent in the previous month.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 7 percent, down from 7.1 percent in September. Hamilton County was 7.8 percent, unchanged from the previous month. Davidson County was 8.7 percent, down from 9.1 percent, and Shelby County was 9.8 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from September.

Labor department officials issued the statistics on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 24.