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Unemployment continues increasing in NE Tenn. cities

Don Fenley • Jul 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Unemployment rates continued increasing in Kingsport, Bristol, Johnson City and Morristown during the month of June with all but one of NE Tennessee's largest cities in double digits.According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, June's seasonally unadjusted rates for the four NE Tennessee cities with 25,000 or more population were:Morristown - 19.4 percent, up from 18.5 percent last month.Kingsport - 12.7 percent, up from 12.6 percent last month.Bristol - 11.6 percent, up from 10.6 percent last month.Johnson City - 9.1 percent, up from 8.4 percent last month.County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates show that the rate increased in 84 counties, decreased in eight counties and remained the same in three counties.Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 7.1 percent, up from 6.5 percent in May. Perry County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 22.1 percent, down from 24.2 in May, followed by Lauderdale County at 19.7 percent, up from 19.2 percent in May. Hawkins County was the bright spot last month as it was the only area county that showed a decrease from the May jobless rate.

Unemployment rates for area NE Tenn. counties last month are:

Sullivan County - 9.6 percent, up from 9.1 percent last month.Hawkins County - 12.9 percent, from 13.1 percent last month.Hamblen County - 12.6 percent, up from 12.6 percent last month.Greene County - 14.2 percent, up from 15.4 percent last month.Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.5 percent, up 0.6 percentage point from the May rate. Davidson County was 9.4 percent, up 0.8 from the previous month. Hamilton County was at 9.3 percent, up 0.6 percentage point from the May rate, and Shelby County was 10.5 percent, up from the May rate of 9.5 percent.The June unemployment rates for the three primary MSAs in NE Tenn. are:

Johnson City - 9.9 percent, up from 9.3 percent last month.Kingsport - Bristol TN-VA 10.2 percent, up from 9.8 percent last month.Morristown - 13.2 percent, up from 12.6 percent last month.Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2009 was released last week at 10.8 percent, 0.1 percentage point higher than the May rate of 10.7 percent. The United States’ unemployment rate for the month of June was 9.5 percent.

CLICK HERE for a full listing of the June employment data for cities, counties, MSAs and CSAs.

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