State jobless rate lowest since January 2009

Thursday, December 15, 2011

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee's unemployment rate for November fell to 9.1 percent, down from the October revised rate of 9.5.

"This is the lowest unemployment rate Tennessee has experienced since January of 2009 at 9.0 percent," state Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis said.

"After seasonal adjustments were made," Davis said, "nearly 10,000 jobs were created since October with positive job growth in the service sector such as retail trade and temporary jobs."

Davis' Thursday announcement noted the decline of 0.4 percentage points in the state's unemployment rate.

Marshall County's unemployment rate, as reported Nov. 23, was 13.2 percent in October, down from 13.9 percent in September. County rates are reported a week later than state rates.

The national unemployment rate for November 2011 was 8.6 percent, a decrease of 0.4 percentage point from the October rate.

Unemployment rate s are seasonally adjusted to account for the hiring and layoff patterns that accompany regular events such as the winter holiday season and the summer vacation season.