Wilson jobless up 0.5 percent in December

From Post staff reports

Wilson Countys unemployment rate for December 2012 rose 0.5 percent to 6 percent, up from the November rate of 5.5.

December jobless numbers for all 95 counties were released Thursday afternoon by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

The department showed a labor force of 62,220 in Wilson County in December with 58,470 employed and 3,750 unemployed.

Wilson County placed seventh among the top 10 counties in Tennessee with the lowest unemployment rates for the previous month.

Williamson County was first with the states lowest unemployment rate at 5.0 percent. Rutherford County was at 5.8 percent for December with Sumner County in the sixth place at 6.0 percent. Scott County continued with the highest unemployment rate in Tennessee in December with 16.8 percent.

County unemployment rates show a decrease in two counties and increased in 93 primarily due to normal seasonal employment declines, a department spokesperson said. County unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted and reflect seasonal employment changes from month to month.

Tennessees unemployment rate for December remained constant from the November revised rate of 7.6 percent. The national unemployment rate for December was 7.8 percent, also unchanged from the previous month.

The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.

Knox County had the states lowest major metropolitan rate of 5.7 percent, up from 5.2 in November. Davidson County was 6.2 percent, up from 5.7 percent. Hamilton County was 7.2 percent, up from 6.4 percent, and Shelby County was 8.7percent, up from 7.8 percent in November.