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More employed in Wilson this year despite higher unemployment rate

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By SAM HATCHERThe Wilson Post

More Wilson Countians are currently employed than were employed one year ago, according to records kept by the State of Tennessee.         Employment statistics released last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Work Force Development show that Wilson County’s unemployment rate increased in December to 6.5 percent, a .6 percent jump over the previous month.           However, data from the state labor department shows also that more people are employed in Wilson County this year than were employed one year ago.           According to information provided by the state, 54,590 persons in Wilson County were working at jobs in December, the most recent reporting period, compared to 53,800 for the same period last year.         Despite a rising unemployment rate, Wilson County has been able to keep its work force numbers at the same level or slightly above last year’s marks.

Officials explain that employment numbers are being maintained because of growth in population being realized in Wilson County.           The unemployment rate is up substantially over last year’s rate for the same period but in Wilson County there has also been a substantial growth in population.           The total available local work force in December, according to the state’s data, was 58,360. The total work force for December of last year in Wilson County was 56,800.            While Wilson County is feeling the pinch of an ailing economy, it is noted by many in the area, including some area retailers, that county payrolls in several cases are remaining constant and that there are still more people here with jobs this year than last.           The state’s unemployment rate overall is at a 22-year high standing at 7.9 percent. At 6.5 percent Wilson County ranks ninth in the state among counties with the lowest unemployment rates. Williamson County had the lowest unemployment rate in Tennessee in December at 5 percent and Perry County in West Tennessee had the highest at 20.1 percent.

CEO Sam Hatcher may be contacted at shatcher@wilsonpost.com.

 

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