MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennessee’s unemployment rate rose sharply in July.
Joblessness jumped three tenths of one percent to 8.4 percent, pushing it above the national rate of 8.3 percent.
The new rate is the highest Tennessee has seen since last December, but still a full percentage point below August 2011.
In spite of rising unemployment, Tennessee saw strong job growth in July in the manufacturing, health care and government employment sectors. The state lost jobs in hospitality, business services, and transportation.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The U.S. Department of Commerce says Tennessee is exporting goods at a record pace this year.
Tennessee had exports totaling $15.7 billion in the first half of the 2012, up $1.1 billion or about eight percent over the same period in 2011.
Dr. Steven Livingston is an economist with the Business and Economics Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University. He says Tennessee exports began rebounding in 2011, led by the transportation sector.