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Jobless rates across the Tri-Cities decline during July

Don Fenley • Aug 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to State Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the July unemployment rates in Northeast Tennessee's five largest cities declined or was unchanged from June.Across the state seasonally unadjusted jobless rates decreased in 78 counties, increased in 14 counties and stayed the same in three counties.The unemployment rate in the area's largest cities was:Bristol - 11.6 percent, same as June.Greeneville - 17.4 percent, down 0.8 percent.Johnson City - 9.0 percent down 0.1 percent.Kingsport - 12.0 percent, down 0.7 percent.Morristown - 18.9 percent down 0.5 percent.Here's how the jobless rates looked for area counties:Sullivan County - 9.4 percent, down 0.2 percent.Washington County - 9.2 percent, up 0.1 percent.Hawkins County - 11.8 percent, down 1 percent.Greene County - 17.4 percent, up 0.8 percent.Hamblen County - 13 percent, down 0.3 percent.The Kingsport-Bristol TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical District jobless rate for July was 9.9 percent, down 0.3 percent form last month.The Johnson City MSA unemployment rate was 9.7 percent, down 0.2 percent.Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2009 was released last week at 10.7 percent, 0.1 percentage point lower than the June rate of 10.8 percent. The United States’ unemployment rate for the month of July was 9.4 percent. Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.9 percent, down from 7.0 percent in June. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.6 percent, up from 19.5 in June, followed by Lauderdale County at 19.5 percent, down from 19.7 percent in June. Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.3 percent, down 0.2 percentage point from the June rate. Hamilton County was at 9.1 percent, down 0.2 percentage point from the June rate. Davidson County was 9.2 percent, down 0.1 from the previous month, and Shelby County was 10.4 percent, unchanged from the June rate.

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