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More good economic news for Tennessee

Jun 19, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s unemployment rate continues to fall.

A new report from the state Department of Labor shows the jobless rate down to 5.8 percent in May. That’s a drop of two-tenths from the April reading.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate remains above the national rate which currently stands at 5.5 percent.

The state added 10,000 jobs in May. The increases came in hospitality, education, health services, and transportation.

The May jobless rate of 5.8 percent is the loss unemployment number Tennessee has seen sin the spring of 2008.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Goodwill Career Solutions will host a job fair in Murfreesboro this week featuring 9 employers and 650 open positions.

The openings include machine operators, forklift drivers, punch-press operators, welders and warehouse positions.

Goodwill spokesman Chris Fletcher says company reps will be on hand. He encourages job seekers to wear business attire and dress for success.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Murfreesboro City Council and the Murfreesboro Electric Board will hold a joint meeting this week to discuss a proposed merger of the city’s electric service with Middle Tennessee Electric.

In late May MTEMC suggested to the city that it consider selling Murfreesboro Electric to the Cooperative.

Middle Tennessee Electric serves all of Cannon, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson counties, along with portions of five other mid-state counties.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Farm Bureau says it’s reviewing the Obama Administration’s new rules governing the pollution of waterways.

This past week the Environmental Protection Agency moved to clarify which streams and other small bodies of water are federally protected.

The rules have already run into deep opposition from farm groups and the Republican-led Congress. The House voted to block the regulations earlier this month, saying they amount to overreach.

Amazon taking applications in Murfreesboro Tuesday

Jun 2, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Amazon fulfillment center in Murfreesboro will take applications for 500 positions today.

A release from the company says it’s hiring more order picker-packers to meet rising customer demand.

Amazon says new employees will be immediately available for health insurance, matching retirement funds, bonuses, and company stock awards.

The online retailer also says it's offering fulltime employees college tuition assistance, even for degrees unrelated to positions at the company.