County’s jobless rate unchanged
Obion County’s jobless rate of 5 percent for September was unchanged from the previous month.
Of the 16,260-member labor force in Obion County, 15,440 were employed and 820 were unemployed, according to statistics provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Statewide, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 4.7 percent for September was down seventh-tenths from the August rate of 4 percent.
The United States unemploy-ment rate for the month was also 4.7 percent, an increase of one-tenth from the previous month.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates show that nine counties remained unchanged for the month, while 82 counties increased and four decreased, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
In the area surrounding Obion County, Weakley County dropped seven-tenths to 6.3 percent; Lake County was unchanged at 4.9 percent; Dyer County rose four-tenths to 4.6 percent; and Gibson County increased three-tenths to 6.1 percent.
For the Combined Statistical Area of Union City-Martin, TN-KY, the rate was 5.8 percent, down four-tenths from the previous month. Broken down, the Union City Micropolitan Area, TN-KY, registered 5.3 percent, down one-tenth from the previous month, while the Martin Micropolitan Area (Weakley County) showed a rate of 6.3 percent, down seven-tenths for the month.
In the Union City, TN-KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, the rate showed a one-tenth decrease, going from 5.4 percent to 5.3 percent for September. The Obion County portion was unchanged at 5 percent, while the Kentucky portion (Fulton County) registered an eight-tenths decrease to 7 percent.
Statewide, Knox County registered the lowest county unemployment rate for September at 3.2 percent, followed by Lincoln County at 3.3 percent. Maury County had the state’s highest rate at 9.4 percent, with Marshall County next at 8.4 percent.
Knoxville had the state’s lowest major metropolitan statistical area (MSA) rate at 3.4 percent, which increased from 3.2 percent in August. The Nashville-Murfreesboro MSA was 3.7 percent, up from 3.5 the previous month. The Chattanooga MSA was 3.9 percent, up from 3.6 percent, and the Memphis MSA was 4.9 percent, up from 4.6 percent.
Published in The Messenger on 10.26.07
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