In June, more than 9,700 employees in the Johnson City metropolitan area remained unemployed, according to statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
That puts the area’s jobless rate at 9.4 percent, up 0.8 percent from the previous month and up 0.5 percent from June 2010.
Nationally, the unemployment rate also rose to 9.2 percent, up slightly from May. Tennessee’s rate was higher, at 9.8 percent, also up slightly from May’s rate of 9.7.
The combined statistical area of Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol showed a jobless rate of 9 percent, up from 8.3 percent in May.
Washington County came in at 9 percent unemployment, Carter County at 9.9, and Unicoi County at 11.3 percent.
Kingsport-Bristol’s metro area posted a jobless rate of 8.6 percent, which is up slightly from the previous month, but lower than June 2010’s 8.8 percent rate. Hawkins County had a rate of 9.7 percent and Sullivan had a rate of 8.5 percent, which placed it No. 5 in the top 10 list of counties with the lowest unemployment levels.
Of Tennessee’s 95 counties, 91 saw jobless rates increase; only four had rates fall in June.
Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.8 percent, up from the May rate of 6.1 percent, followed by Williamson County at 7.2 percent, up from 6.6 percent. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 20.9 percent, up from 20.7 percent in the previous month, followed by Lauderdale County at 15.7 percent, up from 14.9 percent in May.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.0 percent, up from 7.4 percent in May. Hamilton County was 9.2 percent, up from 8.2 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 9.1 percent, up from 8.5 percent in May, and Shelby County was 11.1 percent, up from the May unemployment rate of 10.0 percent.