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Wilson County’s unemployment rate rose 0.4 percent in August to 9.5 percent, said officials with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Wilson’s July unemployment rate was 9.1 percent.

Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate for August was 10.8 percent, 0.1 percent higher than the July rate of 10.7. The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 9.7 percent.

According to figures released this past week, Wilson County had a workforce of 56,560 in August with 52,210 employed. That left 5,350 unemployed.

Wilson is among the top 10 counties with the lowest unemployment rates for August, placing ninth. Lincoln County was tops with 7.2 percent, Williamson County was second with 7.7 and Roane County was 10th with 9.6.

Lauderdale County had the highest unemployment rate in August with 19.7 percent. Scott County was next with 19.2 percent, and Perry County was at 18.6. Perry County did have the highest jobless figures for several months before federal Recovery Act monies were used to fund a number of part-time positions and projects there.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for August show that the rate increased in 47 counties, decreased in 42 counties and remained the same in six counties.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.7 percent, up 0.5 from the July rate. Hamilton County was at 9.4 percent, up from 0.3 from July. Davidson County was 9.6 percent, up 0.4 percent in July. And Shelby County was 10.6 percent, up 0.3 percent from July.

Nearby, Rutherford County’s jobless rate for August was 10.1 percent, down 0.1 from July’s figure of 10.2. Sumner County was 10.3 in August, up 0.4 from the July number. Trousdale County was 11.9 percent in August, an increase of 0.2 from July.

For more information, visit online at www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/august2009county.pdf.

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