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Wilson County’s unemployment rate dropped in November to 8.5 percent which was 0.2 percent lower than the October figure of 8.7.

That was the word Wednesday from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development which released unemployment numbers for all 95 counties in the state.

Wilson County had a labor force of 55,980 in November with 51,200 employed. That left 4,780 people unemployed, said a news release from the department. Wilson placed sixth in the top 10 counties with the lowest unemployment for November.

Even though the jobless rate dropped in November, it was still higher by 2.4 percent when compared to the November 2008 unemployment rate of 6.1 percent.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November was 10.3 percent, down 0.2 percent from the October rate of 10.5. The nationwide unemployment rate for November was 10 percent.

Non-seasonally adjusted rates show they decreased in 50 counties in Tennessee, increased in 36 counties and remained the same in nine counties for November.

Lincoln County had the states lowest unemployment rate at 6.7 percent, down 0.2 from October. Lauderdale County had the state’s highest rate at 18.6 percent, down 0.2 percent from October, followed by Haywood County at 18 percent, up from 17.9 percent in October.

Knox County had the states lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.7 percent, down 0.1 percent; Hamilton County was at 8.5 percent, down 0.2 percent; Davidson County was 8.8. percent, down from 0.1 percent; and Shelby County was 10 percent, down 0.1 percent.

Nearby, Trousdale County’s unemployment rate stood at 10.3 percent in November, the same as in October; Sumner County was 9.3 percent, down 0.1 percent from October; Rutherford County was 9.3 percent, the same as in October; and Williamson County was 7.5 percent, down 0.1 percent from October.

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