County jobless rate falls to 14.2%

Wednesday, August 31, 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.

"It's great to see our unemployment rate continue to decrease even though it remains higher than we would like it to be," Lewisburg Economic Development Director Greg Lowe said. "We continue to help our existing industries grow jobs and continue our recruitment efforts to bring new industries, new businesses and therefore new jobs to Marshall County as well.

"I expect to have a couple of announcements in the next few weeks that should mean more jobs for Marshall County," Lowe said.

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.