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Jobless rate up all across the state

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The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that 91 counties — including Roane — experienced an upward surge in June unemployment rates.
The statistics made public last week indicate that only four Tennessee counties — DeKalb, Hawkins, Moore and Smith — saw a decrease in jobless rates.
Roane County’s rate for June is reported at 9.2 percent, a 0.9 percent jump over May’s 8.3 percent.
By the state’s estimates, 26,010 workers in the county’s 28,650 labor force were employed.
The state jobless rate for June was reported at 10.2 percent, up from May’s 9.5 percent. The nationwide rate is 9.3 percent, an increase of 0.6 percent.
Nearby Scott County had the state’s highest jobless rate at 20.8 percent. Lauderdale County had the second-highest rate at 14.8 percent, followed by Middle Tennessee’s Marshall County at 14.7 percent.
Unemployment rates for surrounding counties in June were Anderson, 9.4, up 0.7 percent; Cumberland, 11.4, up 1.1 percent; Knox, 8, up 0.6 percent; Loudon, 8.6, up 0.7 percent; McMinn, 12.3, up 0.7 percent; Meigs, 13.2, up 1.4 percent; Monroe, 13.8, up 0.5 percent; Morgan, 11.8, up 1.5 percent; and Rhea, 13.4, up 1.2 percent.