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Unemployment declines or stays the same in all local cities except Bristol

Don Fenley • May 28, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Seasonally unadjusted unemployment for April declined or did not change from last month’s level in all but one of the four cities in Northeast Tennessee, according to data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Morristown’s jobless remains the highest in the region even after it dropped to 17.8 percent, and Johnson City’s unemployment rate declined to 7.7 percent.

Kingsport’s jobless rate was unchanged from last month at 11.6 percent.

Bristol’s April rate increased to 9.0 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for April show that the rate increased in 29 counties, decreased in 59 counties, and remained the same in seven counties.

Lincoln and Williamson counties registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.3 percent. Perry County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 23.9 percent, down from 25.6 percent in March, followed by Scott County at 18.3 percent, down from 18.8 percent in March.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.4 percent, up 0.1 percentage point from the March rate. Davidson County was 8.0 percent, up 0.1 from the previous month. Hamilton County was at 8.3 percent, up 0.3 percentage point from the March rate, and Shelby County was 8.9 percent, unchanged from the March rate.

Sullivan County had the eighth lowest unemployment rate last month at 8.1 percent, up 0.1 percentage point from last month.

In Washington County, the rate dropped 0.2 percentage point to 7.9 percent.

Hawkins County saw its rate increase from 11 percent to 12 percent, and Greene County’s rate increased 0.1 percentage point to 15.3 percent.

Hamblen County’s rate was unchanged at 12.1 percent.

Here’s how April’s unemployment rates looked on the Metropolitan Statistical Areas:

•Johnson City, up 0.3 percentage point to 8.7 percent.

•Kingsport-Bristol TN-VA 8.8 percent, unchanged from last month.

•Morristown, down 0.4 percentage point to 12.3 percent.

The Greene County Micropolitan Statistical Area rate for April was 15.3 percent, up 0.1 percentage point.

In the broadest area measure, the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area rate was 8.8 percent, down 0.1 percentage point from last month.

Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was released last week at 9.9 percent, 0.3 percentage point higher than the revised March rate of 9.6 percent. The United States’ unemployment rate for the month of April was 8.9 percent.

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