Marshall has sixth highest unemployment rate in state

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Special to the Tribune

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Marshall County was among the 87 Tennessee counties that suffered an increase in unemployment when April and May figures were compared last week by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The increase was three-tenths of 1 percent. The increase was from 11.1 percent to 11.4 percent. In a workforce of 12,160 people, there were 1,390 without work. Compared to May 2011, the latest figures show that the unemployment rate went down 2.4 percentage points.

In neighboring Bedford County, the rate went up from 8.3 percent to 8.9 percent from April to May, but last month's unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower that what it was in May 2011. Bedford County's workforce consists of 22,190 people now.

To the west, Maury County's unemployment rate went up from 9 percent to 9.3 percent. The workforce there includes 36,080 people.

Statewide, the latest figures show that unemployment rates for May 2012, the rate decreased in three counties, increased in 87 counties, and remained the same in five counties.

Tennessee's unemployment rate for May rose to 7.9 percent, up from the April rate of 7.7 percent. The national unemployment rate for May 2012 was 8.2 percent, 0.1 percentage point higher than the April rate.

Lincoln and Williamson counties tied for the lowest unemployment rate at 5.4 percent. Marshall County's rate is the sixth highest at 11.4 percent, topped by Lauderdale (12.2%), Perry (12.2%), Pickett (12.3%), Obion (13.2%) and Scott (15.9%) counties.