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Tri-Cities region sheds almost 12,000 jobs; Sept. jobless rates for cities, counties mostly down

Don Fenley • Oct 22, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA, Consolidated Statistical Area has shed 11,727 jobs since the recession's employment high point of April 2008 and last month. According to data released Thursday afternoon the CSA's non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 9.7 percent, down 0.1 percent from last month. All of the area county rates dropped, with the exception of Washington County. The jobless picture for the region's major cities was more of a mixed bag. Kingsport's jobless rate dropped while Bristol and Johnson City saw rate increases. The jobless rate in Morristown was unchanged from last month. Job losses for the cities since the recession's employment high point and September were: Kingsport - 956. Johnson City - 1,980. Bristol - 600. Morristown 782. County unemployment rates for last month show that the rate increased in 11 counties across the state, decreased in 83 counties and remained the same in one county. Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.9 percent, down from 7.2 percent in August. Lauderdale County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18.9 percent, down from 19.7 in August, followed by Scott County at 18.4 percent, down from 19.1 percent in August. The Tri-Cities region's county rates were: Sullivan County - 9.2 percent, down 0.2 percent. Washington County - 9.3 percent, up 0.1 percent. Hawkins County - 11 percent, down 0.7 percent. Hamblin County - 12.9 percent, down 0.1 percent. Greene County - 15.8 percent, down 1.5 percent. Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.1 percent, down 0.6 percentage point from the August rate. Hamilton County was at 8.7 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from the August rate. Davidson County was 9.2 percent, down 0.4 from the previous month, and Shelby County was 10.2 percent, down 0.4 from the August rate. Unemployment in the region's cities with 25,000 or more population is: Bristol - 10 percent, up 0.1 percent. Johnson City - 9.2 percent, up 0.3 percent. Kingsport - 9.4 percent, down 0.2 percent. Morristown - 15.3 percent, unchanged from last month. The city joblesses accounts for 35 percent of the CSA's job losses.Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2009 was released last week at 10.5 percent, 0.2 percentage point lower than the August rate of 10.7 percent. The United States’ unemployment rate for the month of September was 9.8 percent.

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