Area unemployment rate down 0.1 percent in August
Sep 24, 2009 at 12:00 AM
The unadjusted unemployment rate in the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area for August was 9.7 percent, down 0.1 percent from last month.Statewide, the unemployment rate increased in 47 counties, decreased in 42 and remained the same as July in six. According to Tennessee Department of Labor and Work Force Development data released Thursday afternoon there was no defined trend to the rates for counties or the larger cities in NE Tennessee.Unadjusted employment rates for area cities with more than 25,000 population was:Morristown 15.3 percent unchanged from last month.Kingsport 9.4 percent, down 0.2 percent.Bristol 10 percent, up 0.1 percent.Johnson City 9.2 percent, up 0.3 percent.The rate for selected NE Tennessee counties is:Carter Co. 10.5 percent, up 0.3 percent.Cocke Co. 12.7 percent unchanged.Grainger Co. 14.1 percent, up 0.4 percent.Hamblen Co. 12.9 percent, down 0.1 percent.Hancock Co. 18.4 percent, up 3.7 percent.Hawkins Co. 11 percent, down 0.7 percent.Johnson Co. 13.3 percent, up 0.7 percent.Sullivan Co. 9.2 percent, down 0.2 percent.Unicoi Co. 11.4 percent unchanged.Washington Co. 9.3 percent, up 0.1 percent.Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2009 was released last week at 10.8 percent, 0.1 percentage point higher than the July rate of 10.7 percent. The United States’ unemployment rate for the month of August was 9.7 percent. Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 7.2 percent, up from 6.9 percent in July. Lauderdale County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.7 percent, up from 19.5 in July, followed by Scott County at 19.2 percent, down from 19.5 percent in July. Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.7 percent, up 0.5 percentage point from the July rate. Hamilton County was at 9.4 percent, up 0.3 percentage point from the July rate. Davidson County was 9.6 percent, up 0.4 from the previous month, and Shelby County was 10.6 percent, up 0.3 from the July rate.