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Tri-Cities’ jobless rate dips slightly

November 3rd, 2011 3:27 pm by Kate Prahlad

Tri-Cities’ jobless rate dips slightly

The Tri-Cities area had an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent for September, down from 8.7 percent the previous month.

Johnson City’s jobless rate was 8.7 percent, down 0.1 percent from August but up 0.4 percent from September 2010; Kingsport-Bristol had unemployment of 8.4 percent, which was higher than September 2010’s level of 8.1 percent.

Washington County remained in the top 10 counties with the lowest unemployment rates at 8.3 percent, but that rate was still 0.5 percent higher than the previous year.

Unicoi County’s jobless rate has risen by 1 percent since September 2010 to 9.3 percent, while Carter County’s unemployment remained stagnant at 9.3 percent.

Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, up from the August rate of 6.4 percent, followed by Williamson County at 6.9 percent, up from 6.8 percent. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.5 percent, down from 19.7 percent in the previous month, followed by Obion County at 17.0, up from 16.6 percent in August.

County unemployment rates for September increased in 51 counties, decreased in 32 counties, and 12 counties remained the same.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for September was 9.8 percent, up from the August revised rate of 9.7. The national unemployment rate for September was 9.1 percent, unchanged from the August revised rate.

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