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Joblessness up in all 95 counties

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

From staff reports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The unemployment rate went up in all Tennessee counties when new numbers are compared to rates in May.

Marshall County's unemployment rate was 12.2 percent in June, up 0.8 percentage points from 11.4 percent, state officials reported Thursday.

The labor force in Marshall County had 12,170 people. Of those, 10,680 had jobs, leaving 1,490 without employment, according to the latest statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

However, the June rate is two percentage points lower than the unemployment rate in Marshall County when compared to the 14.2 percent jobless rate reported in June 2011.

Meanwhile, the state's unemployment rate for June rose to 8.1 percent, up from the May 2011 rate of 7.9 percent. The national unemployment rate for June 2012 was 8.2 percent, unchanged from May.

Williamson and Lincoln counties tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the state. Both of their rates were 5.9 percent. Scott County had the highest unemployment rate in June when it was 18.5 percent there.

Here are the June unemployment rates for other nearby counties: Maury, 10 percent, up from 9.2 percent; Giles, 10 percent, up from 8.8 percent; Bedford, 10.2 percent, up from 8.8 percent; Rutherford, 7.4 percent, up from 6.9 percent.