Unemployment Rates in Jefferson County Show Significant Decrease for September, 2012

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released unemployment numbers for September and Jefferson County posted a significant decrease in unemployment. In August, Jefferson County was one of two counties that saw an increase in unemployment, posting a 10.7% rate. In the month of September 2012, Jefferson County had an unemployment rate of 8.8% which was a 1.9% decrease from the previous month. September’s posting is significant because Jefferson County has struggled to lower the unemployment rate and it has remained stubbornly above the 10% mark for many months. Tennessee’s unemployment rate is 8.3% which is above the National rate of 7.8%. Both the National and State unemployment rates have decreased during from the month of August 2012. Ninety four Tennessee counties saw a decrease in their unemployment rates from August to September 2012. Knox County had the lowest unemployment rate in major metropolitan areas with a 5.9% rate. The September unemployment numbers were released on October 25, 2012.

Source: K. Depew, News Director

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