Joblessness up slightly

Friday, October 28, 2011

Marshall County's unemployment rate has increased slightly from August to September, according to the latest figures released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

However, the current rate is part of a larger trend; a slow reduction of unemployment as indicated when preliminary figures for September's unemployment rate of 13.9 percent is compared to the rate in September 2010. It was 15.2 percent, or 1.3 percent higher than now.

The county unemployment rate of 13.9 percent is the sixth highest in the state.

Labor department statistics show that in September, Marshall County had a workforce of 12,340 people, of which 10,620 have jobs and 1,720 are unemployed.

The numbers also show that the number of people in the workforce is down, too. There are 10 fewer people in the workforce and the number of people with jobs was down by 30. With 1,720 workers without a job in August, and 1,700 workers unemployed in September, the difference is 20 people, or the .1 percent (1/10%) increase in unemployment.

The latest numbers are non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for September. They show that the rate increased in 51 counties, decreased in 32 counties, and 12 counties remained the same.

Tennessee's unemployment rate for September was 9.8 percent, up from the August revised rate of 9.7. The national unemployment rate for September 2011 was 9.1 percent, unchanged from the August revised rate.

Nearby counties' rates are: Bedford, 10.6 percent, unchanged from August; Maury, 12.7 percent, up 0.1 percent; and Rutherford, 8.5 percent, also up 0.1 percent.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, up from the August rate of 6.4 percent, followed by Williamson County at 6.9 percent, up from 6.8 percent. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 19.5 percent, down from 19.7 percent in the previous month, followed by Obion County at 17.0, up from 16.6 percent in August. Davidson County's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, down from 8.8 percent in August.