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Wilson County jobless rate climbs again

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Wilson County’s unemployment rate for May rose 0.5 percent to 9.3 percent, according to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The rate in April stood at 8.8 percent.

State Labor Department figures showed a work force of 56,840 in Wilson County for May with 51,570 of those employed. That left 5,260 unemployed.

The rate in May 2008 was 5.2 percent. The May 2009 rate is an increase of 4.1 percent from a year ago.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May, announced this past week, rose to 10.7 percent, 0.8 percent higher than April’s rate of 9.9.

The nationwide unemployment rate for May was 9.4 percent.

The report from the state department noted that 88 counties’ jobless rates increased, six counties decreased and one county remained the same.

Lincoln County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 6.5 percent, up from 6.3 in April. Perry County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 24.6 percent, up from 24.0 in April, followed by Lauderdale County at 19.2 percent, up from 18.2 percent in April. These figures do not reflect the impact of job-creation efforts in Perry County that were announced in May. Wilson County ranked 10th among counties with the lowest rates for May.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.0 percent, up 0.6 percent from the April rate. Davidson County was 8.6 percent, up 0.6. Hamilton County was 8.8 percent, up 0.6 percent, and Shelby County was 9.6 percent, up 0.7 percent.

Nearby, Rutherford County’s unemployment rate for May increased to 10.3 percent, a hike of 1.1 percent from the April rate of 9.2. Sumner County’s rate rose to 10.2 percent, up from 9.6. Williamson County’s rate was 6.9, up from 6.3. And Trousdale County was 12.4 percent for May, up from 11.9. 

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