Wilson jobless rate at 9.6 percent

From Post staff reports

Wilson County’s unemployment rate for June increased by 0.4 percent to 9.6, up from the May figure of 9.2.

The county unemployment rates for June were released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

The department showed a labor force of 57,390 in Wilson County for June with 51,870 of those employed. That left 5,520 unemployed.

The June 2009 rate is 3.6 percent higher than a year ago when the June 2008 rate was 6.0 percent.

Wilson’s June ’09 rate of 9.6 percent places the county eighth in the top 10 with the lowest unemployment figures for the past month. Lincoln County had the lowest unemployment rate for June with 7.1 percent while Perry County continues to have the highest jobless numbers with 22.1 percent.

Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2009, released this past week, was at 10.8 percent, 0.1 percentage point higher than the May rate of 10.7 percent. The United States’ unemployment rate for the month of June was 9.5 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for June ’09, released Thursday, showed that the rate increased in 84 counties, decreased in eight counties and remained the same in three counties.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.5 percent, up 0.6 percentage point from the May rate. Davidson County was 9.4 percent, up 0.8 from the previous month. Hamilton County was at 9.3 percent, up 0.6 percentage point from the May rate, and Shelby County was 10.5 percent, up from the May rate of 9.5 percent.

Nearby, Rutherford County’s unemployment rate for June was 11.1 percent, up 0.8 percent from the May rate of 10.3; Sumner County was 10.5 percent, an increase of 0.3 percent from May’s rate of 10.2; Williamson County was 8.4 percent, up 1.6 percent from May’s figure of 6.8; and Trousdale County was 12.3, a decrease of 0.1 percent from the May rate of 12.4.