Unemployment rate increases

By Jeff Whitten


The unemployment rate for McNairy County increased to 11.9 percent from 11.2 the previous month, according to non-seasonally adjusted figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released Friday.

The rate has declined only 0.3 percentage points over the past year.

There were 11,170 people in the labor force, up 20 from  last month.

The number of workerers who were employed was 9,840, down from 9,910 in May.

The ranks of the unemployed increased by 80 from the previous month, to 1,330.

Of surrounding counties, only Alcorn County had a lower unemployment rate than McNairy County. Alcorn County had an unemployment rate of 11.7 percent.

Unemployment figures for Alcorn County come from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

At 13.6 percent, Hardeman County again had the highest unemployment rate for surrounding counties.

The unemployment rate for Hardin County was slightly higher than for McNairy County at 12 percent, as was that of Chester County at 12.1 percent.

The rate increased in 91 Tennessee counties and only decreased in four.

These were Dekalb, Hawkins, Moore and Smith.

Moore, Smith and Dekalb are in Middle Tennessee and Hawkins is in East Tennessee.

The rate was above
5 percent in all counties,
between 5 and 10 percent in 24 counties, between 10
and 20 percent in 70 counties and greater than 20 percent in one county.

Lincoln County had the lowest rate at 6.8 percent, up 0.7 percentage points from May followed by Williamson County at 7.2 percent, up by 0.6 percent from the previous month.

Of Tennessee metropolitan areas, Knox County had the lowest rate at 8 percent, followed by Hamilton County at 9.2 percent, Davidson County at 9.1 percent and Shelby County at 11.1 percent.

Knox and Davidson Counties had the smallest increase at 0.6 percentage points.

Shelby County, with a 1.1 percentage point increase, had the largest increase of the metropolitan counties.

Hamilton County was not far behind with a 1 percent increase.

The seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate for the entire state was 9.7 percent, up 0.1 percentage points from the previous month.

Nationally, the June unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, up 0.1 percentage points from May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The labor force fell by 272,000 and the number of people employed fell by 445,000  in June.

The number of unemployed rose by 173,000 and the people not in the labor force rose 449,000.

The percentage of the total population working fell to 64.1 from 64.2 the previous month.

The percentage of people unemployed, who have given up looking for a job and who are working part-time but want to work full-time was 16.2 percent, up from 15.8 percent the previous month.