Marshall's unemployment rate went up

Friday, March 16, 2012

From staff reports

The release of seasonal workers - those hired by retailers for the Christmas shopping season - is a chief reason given for unemployment to increase every January.

And so it is again this year as the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released figures on the unemployment rates for counties, a state spokesman said.

Marshall County's unemployment rate was 12 percent in December last year. The rate was 12.7 percent during January, according to the latest figures. In January 2011, or 13-1/2 months ago, the unemployment rate in Marshall County was 16 percent, or 3.3 percent more than it was n January this year.

The numbers emerge from a workforce of 12,170, of which 10,620 were working. The remaining unemployed workers numbered 1,550.