Joblessness in the Johnson City area improved slightly in July from the month before, but compared to one year ago, most unemployment rates were still higher.
For the entire Johnson City metro area, the unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in July, down 0.7 percent from last month, but still 0.2 percent higher than July 2010.
The region’s counties also saw the same pattern. Washington County’s jobless rate was up 0.3 percent from one year ago at 8.2 percent, but down 0.7 percent from June; Carter County’s rate of 9.4 percent is the same as July 2010’s level, but down 0.5 percent from June; and Unicoi County had a rate of 9.8 percent, down 1.4 percent from last month but up 0.4 percent from one year ago.
For the entire Tri-Cities area, the unemployment rate was 8.3 percent, down from 8.9 percent in June.
Kingsport and Sullivan County both had better rates in July than in the month previous and one year ago. Kingsport’s July rate was 8.1 percent, and Sullivan County’s was 7.8 percent.
In the top 10 counties with the lowest rates, Sullivan is ranked at No. 4 and Washington County is No. 9.
Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.2 percent, down from the June rate of 6.7 percent, followed by Williamson County at 6.7 percent, down from 7.2 percent. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.8 percent, down from 20.8 percent in the previous month, followed by Pickett County at 14.8 percent, down from 15 percent in June.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.5 percent, down from 8 percent in June. Hamilton County was 8.4 percent, down from 9.2 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 8.5 percent, down from 9.1 percent in June, and Shelby County was 10.6 percent, down from the June unemployment rate of 11.1 percent.
Statewide, the rate decreased in 90 counties. In five counties it increased: Houston, Obion, Overton, Smith and Weakley.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for July was 9.8 percent, unchanged from the June revised rate. The national unemployment rate for July 2011 was 9.1 percent, down from the June revised rate of 9.2 percent.