business and economic research center http://wmot.org en Tennessee's Employment Forecast: "The Fog is Pretty Thick." http://wmot.org/post/tennessees-employment-forecast-fog-pretty-thick <p style="line-height: 200%;"><span style='line-height: 200%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'>WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — The U.S. <span style="color: red;">unemployment</span> rate has fallen below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years.</span></p><p style="line-height: 200%;"><span style='line-height: 200%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'>The U.S. Labor Department says the jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent last month as employers added 114,000 jobs.</span></p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:54:34 +0000 AP/WMOT 16439 at http://wmot.org Tenn. Initial Jobless Claims Hit Four Year Low http://wmot.org/post/tenn-initial-jobless-claims-hit-four-year-low <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn. &nbsp;(AP/WMOT) &mdash; Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market is strengthening.</p><p>A U.S. Department of Labor report out Thursday&nbsp;shows that applications for unemployment dropped by 14,000 applicants to a seasonally adjusted 351,000.</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:29:16 +0000 Mike Osborne 8521 at http://wmot.org