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Jobless rate up in June

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Trend seen in all 95 counties in Tennessee

Roane County’s unemployment rate continued to climb in June, when it reached almost 1 percent over May’s figures to settle at 7.2 percent.

The trend was not uncommon statewide — according to figures released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, all 95 counties in Tennessee had increasing unemployment rates during the month.

Roane County’s rate, however, is still significantly lower than for the same period last year. The county’s rate in June 2013 was 8.7 percent.

Tennessee’s jobless rate for June was 7.4 percent, an increase of 1.1 percent over May.

The national unemployment rate was also up. At 6.3 percent, it was 0.2 percent higher than in May.

In Roane County, 24,570 of the county’s 26,480-member workforce were employed during the month.

Middle Tennessee continues to lead the way with low unemployment rates. Lincoln County registered the lowest rate at 5.2 percent, followed by Williamson County at 5.4 percent. Wilson County followed at 5.8 percent.

The highest unemployment rate was in nearby Scott County at 14.2 percent. East Tennessee’s Hancock County followed at 12.0 percent, with Lauderdale County in West Tennessee registering 11.8 percent.

Jobless rates for surrounding counties in June were Anderson, 7.0, up 0.9 percent; Cumberland, 8.3, up 0.9 percent; Knox, 6.3, up 1 percent; Loudon, 6.4, up 0.6 percent; McMinn, 8.2, up 1.2 percent; Meigs, 9.0, up 1.3 percent; Monroe, 8.9, up 1.2 percent; Morgan, 9.8, up 1.3 percent; and Rhea, 9.6, up 1.7 percent.