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Jobless outlook better in July

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Roane County’s unemployment rate went down 0.4 percent in July, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The rate, at 8.3 percent, is 0.2 percent higher than a year ago, state records indicate.
The most recent numbers indicate that 25,250 workers in Roane County’s 27,540 labor force were employed during the month.
Improvements were statewide in July, with 79 counties seeing a decrease in jobless rates. The numbers held steady in four counties, and unemployment was up in 12 of Tennessee’s 95 counties.
Both the state and national rates also decreased during the month. The state had a 8.5 jobless rate was down by 0.3 percent, with the national rate at 7.7 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percent.
Middle Tennessee counties led the way in the state’s lowest rates. Williamson County had the lowest rate at 5.8 percent, followed by Lincoln County at 6.0 percent.
Nearby Scott County continued to have the state’s highest jobless rate at 17.2 percent. West Tennessee’s Weakley and Lauderdale counties followed, at 14.3 and 13.6 percent, respectively.
Unemployment rates for surrounding counties in July were Anderson, 8.2, down 0.4 percent; Cumberland, 9.2, down 0.5 percent; Knox, 7.0, down 0.3 percent; Loudon, 7.7, down 0.3 percent; McMinn, 9.4, down 0.5 percent; Meigs, 10.2, down 0.5 percent; Monroe, 11.5, down 0.1 percent; Morgan, 11.0, down 0.5 percent; and Rhea, 11.9, down 0.8 percent.