The Tri-Cities saw lower unemployment rates across almost all its cities and counties for October.
For the entire area, nearly 20,000 people remained unemployed last month, for a rate of 7.7 percent for Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol. That is lower by 0.8 percent than in September, when close to 22,000 residents were out of work.
Johnson City’s jobless rate was 7.8 percent, down from 8.7 percent the previous month and 8.2 percent in October 2010; Kingsport-Bristol’s unemployment is at 7.6 percent, down from 8 percent the previous year.
In county numbers, both Sullivan and Washington counties had 7.4 percent unemployment, both down slightly from the previous year.
The two counties were ranked at No. 6 and No. 7 on the top 10 list of counties with the lowest unemployment rates.
Carter County’s jobless rate was 8.4 percent, down from 9.2 percent in October 2010, and Unicoi County’s rate held steady at 8.6 percent.
Among all Tennessee counties, the rate increased in one county, decreased in 92 counties, and two counties remained the same.
Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 5.8 percent, down from the September rate of 6.6 percent, followed by Williamson County at 6.3 percent, down from 7 percent.
Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18.1 percent, down from 19.5 percent in the previous month, followed by Obion County at 15.6, down from 16.9 percent in September.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.7 percent, down from 7.7 percent the previous month.
Hamilton County was 7.8 percent, down from 8.6 percent in September.
Davidson County was 7.8 percent, down from 8.7 percent in September, and Shelby County was 10.1 percent, down from the September unemployment rate of 10.8 percent.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for October fell to 9.6 percent, down from the September revised rate of 9.8. The national unemployment rate for October 2011 was 9 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the September rate.