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Kingsport's Oct. jobless rate increases to 9.7%; Morristown, Bristol rates drop; Johnson City unchanged from last month

Staff Report • Nov 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Unemployment increased by 0.6 percent in Kingsport last month while the jobless rates decreased or was unchanged from September in the other Northeast Tennessee cities with more than 25,000 population.

Kingsport's October jobless rate is 9.7 percent. In Johnson City the October rate is 8.5 percent, unchanged from last month. Bristol's rate dropped 0.6 percent to 8.8 percent while Morristown's rate dropped 0.3 percent to 14.4 percent.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for October was 10.5 percent, unchanged from September, and the national jobless rate for October was 10.2 percent.

Statewide, the county non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for October increased in 38 counties, decreased in 42, and remained the same in 15 counties.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.9 percent, unchanged from its September rate. Lauderdale County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18.9 percent, up 0.1 from the September rate, followed by Hancock County at 18.0 percent, down from 18.4 percent in September.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.8 percent, down 0.3 percentage point from the September rate. Hamilton County was at 8.8 percent, up 0.1 percentage point from the September rate. Davidson County was 8.9 percent, down 0.2 from the previous month, and Shelby County was 10.2 percent, up 0.1 from the September rate.Sullivan County's October rate was 9 percent, up 0.2 percent. The unemployment rate increased 0.3 percent in Hawkins County to 10.5 percent, while the Washington County jobless rate was unchanged at 8.6 percent.

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