Unemployment

12:03pm

Fri August 17, 2012
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Tennessee Unemployment Back Above the National Average

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.

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11:34am

Fri June 8, 2012
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More than 48,000 Tennesseans to Lose Jobless Benefits

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than 48,000 Tennesseans could lose their extended unemployment benefits by the end of the year.

As the recession gathered steam in early 2008, Congress authorized the first in a series of emergency extensions to unemployment benefits. With the jobless rate rising rapidly, the extra benefits were intended to tide the long-term unemployed over until the jobless rate began to fall.

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9:58am

Fri April 20, 2012
Suprising Gains in Manufacturing, Construction

Tenn. Sees Employment Gains Eighth Straight Month

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Good news on the jobs front as Tennessee’s March unemployment rate dipped just below 8 percent.

Jeff Hentschell with the Tennessee Department of Labor says the rate fell a tenth of a point to 7.9 percent. It was the eighth straight month of decline, and the rate is at its lowest level since November 2008.

Hentschell says Tennessee’s unemployment numbers are getting a boost from two surprising sectors.

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6:03pm

Mon April 16, 2012
Some Occupations Prospered in the Downturn

Tennessee Works - Recession Proof Jobs

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) – WMOT News is looking at sectors of the Tennessee economy that have prospered in hard times in a series of stories we’re calling "Tennessee Works."

Tennessee’s unemployment rate peaked in June of 2009 at 10.8 percent. Joblessness has fallen slowly in the months since, but is still uncomfortably high at eight percent.

There are some professions, though, that enjoyed low unemployment even at the height of the great recession.

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11:44am

Tue April 10, 2012
State Contractor's Association Sees Positive Trend

Construction Employment on the Rise in Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  There are indications that construction in Tennessee is starting to rebound.

Unemployment in the construction trades fell in the state by an average of more than nine percent per month over the winter.

Bill Young is a spokesman for the 600 member Associated General Contractors of Tennessee.  He says the AGC’s member companies are now reporting an improved business climate.

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