Latest Jobless Numbers Mostly Good News for Mid-State

Aug 24, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Department of Labor has released the county-level unemployment numbers for July.

The state unemployment rate jumped last month by two-tenth to 8.4 percent. The national jobless rate also rose by a tenth to 8.3 percent.

Williamson County continues to have the mid-state’s lowest unemployment at just under six percent.  Davidson, Sumner, Rutherford and Wilson counties are all reporting jobless numbers at 7.4 percent or lower.

Scott County in East Tennessee has the state’s highest unemployment rate. Joblessness there now stands well above 21 percent. Eight counties are reporting unemployment above 13 percent.

During the month of July Tennessee joblessness decreased in 20 counties, increased in 59, and stayed the same in 16.