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Fewer on the job in May

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Roane County’s employment went up a bit in May to 8.2 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

That’s 0.4 percent higher than in April. The county’s jobless rate was at 7.5 percent a year ago, state records indicate.

The most recent numbers indicate that 25,220 workers in Roane County’s 27,370 labor force were employed during the month.

Statewide, rates decreased in eight counties and rose in 82 counties. Jobless trends held steady in five of Tennessee’s 95 counties.

The state’s 8.3-percent rate was up 0.3 percent from April. The national rate, at 7.1 percent in April, rose 0.2 percent.

Unemployment rates for surrounding counties in April were Anderson, 8.0, up 0.3 percent; Cumberland, 9.4, unchanged; Knox, 6.8, up 0.4 percent; Loudon, 7.7, up 0.1 percent; McMinn, 9.6, up 0.4 percent; Meigs, 10.3, up 4.2 percent; Monroe, 11.0, up 0.2 percent; Morgan, 10.5, up 0.3 percent; and Rhea, 11.9, down 0.6 percent.

The lowest rate was in Williamson County at 5.7 percent. Scott County, at 17.0, had the highest rate.