Unemployment rose in the Tri-Cities and in nearly every area community in August, according to figures from the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development.
For the entire Tri-Cities region, the jobless rate rose 0.3 percent from the previous month, reaching a level of 8.7 percent.
Individual cities did not fare much better in jobless numbers. Johnson City’s August rate was 8.8 percent, up 0.2 percent from the previous month and 0.1 percent from August 2010; Kingsport-Bristol reached a unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, up from 8.2 percent the previous month, but lower than the previous August.
Most area counties also saw higher unemployment rates.
Washington County had a jobless rate of 8.3 percent, up from previous month and even with the previous year; Carter County, 9.8 percent, up 0.4 from last month and 0.2 percent from the previous year. Hawkins County had an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent, and Sullivan County 8 percent, with both slightly higher than both previous month and previous year.
Only Unicoi County had a lower rate than the previous month, at 9.4 percent, but that level still remains higher than the 9 percent rate in August 2010.
Sullivan County ranked No. 5 on the list of counties with the lowest unemployment rates, and Washington came in at No. 8.
Rates decreased in 57 counties, 28 counties increased, and 10 counties remained the same.
Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.4 percent, up from the July rate of 6.2 percent, followed by Williamson County at 6.8 percent, up from 6.7 percent. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.7 percent, down from 19.8 percent in the previous month, followed by Obion County at 17.2, up from 11.4 percent in July.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.7 percent, up from 7.5 percent in July. Hamilton County was 8.6 percent, up from 8.4 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 8.8 percent, up from 8.5 percent in July, and Shelby County was 10.4 percent, down from the July unemployment rate of 10.5 percent.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for August was 9.7 percent, down from the July revised rate of 9.8. The national unemployment rate for August 2011 was 9.1 percent, unchanged from the July revised rate.