Wilson unemployment unchanged

Among the top 10 counties with the lowest unemployment rates for July, Wilson was in fifth place. Lincoln County was number one, followed by Williamson County in second, both with 5.9 percent.

Scott County in East Tennessee continued with the states highest unemployment rate at 21.7 percent.

Nearby, Sumner County and Rutherford County had unemployment rates of 7.3 percent in July.

Tennessees jobless rate for July increased to 8.4 percent, up from the June revised rate of 8.1 percent. The national unemployment rate for July 2012 was 8.3 percent, 0.1 percentage point higher than the June rate.

The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment 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 6.7 percent, unchanged from the previous month. Davidson County was 7.4 percent, up from 7.3 percent in June. Hamilton County was 8.4 percent, up from 8.3 percent, and Shelby County was 9.7 percent, unchanged from the June rate.