Marshall's joblessness down 1% to 14.2

Thursday, August 25, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Marshall County's unemployment rate is no longer among the top three in the state. It's No. 8, tied with Henderson County at 14.2 percent.

That's down from 15.2 percent here in July where the rate nearly 1-1/2 years ago was approximately 20 percent, meaning one of every five people in the workforce was without a job.

Now, about one in seven people in the county's workforce of 12,230 people are unemployed. That's 1,740 looking for work and 10,490 people who have jobs.

The figures are from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 19.8 percent, down from 20.8 percent in June, followed by Pickett County at 14.8 percent in July, down from 15.0 percent.

Unemployment rates released Thursday by the state for July 2011 show that the rate decreased in 90 counties. Five counties increased including Houston, Obion, Overton, Smith and Weakley.

Lincoln County, again, registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.2 percent, down from the June rate of 6.7 percent, followed by Williamson County at 6.7 percent, down from 7.2 percent.

Tennessee's unemployment rate for July was 9.8 percent, unchanged from the June revised rate.

The national unemployment rate for July 2011 was 9.1 percent, down from the June revised rate of 9.2 percent.

Other than Scott and Pickett counties, the counties with unemployment rates higher than Marshall County are: Lauderdale tied with Pickett at 14.8 percent; Perry County at 14.7; Weakley at 14.6; and Haywood and Hancock tied at 15.5 percent.

The unemployment rate for Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County in June was 8.5 percent, down from 9.1 percent in June.