Unemployment here down again

Saturday, September 24, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Marshall County's unemployment rate has gone down again.

It went from 14.2 percent in July to 13.8 percent in August, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The county's rate in June was 15.2 percent.

Seven other Tennessee counties had unemployment rates higher than Marshall's, according to state figures that, for more than a year, had shown the unemployment rate here was either the highest -- up to 20.3 percent -- or second highest. That distinction has not been the case since April.

In the four months after April, the workforce grew to 12,350 in August, up from 12,190 in April. The number of employed workers grew from 10,380 in April to 10,650 in August.

Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.1 percent in July and August, and Tennessee's rate went down from 9.8 percent to 9.7 percent.

Nearby counties' July to August unemployment rate changes are as follows: Bedford, 10.6 down from 11.1; Maury, 12.7, down from 12.9; Giles, 11.1, down from 11.5; Moore, 8.9 down from 9.0; Lincoln, 6.4, up from 6.2, the lowest in the state; Williamson, 6.8, up from 6.7, the second lowest in the state; Rutherford, unchanged at 8.4; and Davidson, 8.8, up from 8.5.

Scott County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 19.7 percent. Perry County, another hard-hit job market, has an unemployment rate of 14.2 percent.

The unemployment rates for August 2011, released Thursday, show that the rate decreased in 57 counties, 28 counties increased, and 10 counties remained the same.