From staff reports
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Marshall County has the sixth highest unemployment rate in Tennessee, and the latest figures released from the state show that joblessness went down in the county from 12.1 percent to 11.2 percent, or nearly a full percentage point.
This South Central Tennessee county's decline was among many others' lower unemployment rates as the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported on Thursday that "the rate decreased in 84 counties, increased in five counties, and remained the same in six counties."
Tennessee's unemployment rate for April fell to 7.8 percent, down from the March revised rate of 7.9 percent. The national unemployment rate for April 2012 was 8.1 percent, 0.1 percentage point lower than the March rate.
Williamson and Lincoln counties continued to show the lowest rates at 5.3- and 5.5 percent, respectively. Scott, Obion, Pickett, Lauderdale and Perry Counties had higher unemployment rates compared to Marshall County. The highest rate was 15.4 percent in April for Scott County.
Most other nearby counties' unemployment rates also declined.
Bedford's rate went from 9.1 percent to 8.4 percent. It had been 10.3 percent in April 2011.
Maury County's unemployment rate was 12.1 percent in March. It was 11.2 in April. A year earlier it was 12.3 percent.
Giles County's rate was 9.1 percent in March. It went down to 8.6 percent in April. That reflects a 2.3 percentage point drop from April 2011.
Rutherford County's joblessness was unchanged at 6.6 percent from March to April. That rate is down 1.6 percentage points from April 2011.
Moore County's workforce of 3,250 had 250 unemployed, reflecting an unemployment rate of 7.6 percent in April, but that's up from 7.3 percent in March, yet down 1.6 percentage points since April 11 when it was 9.2 percent.