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Figures released late last month show Roane County’s unemployment rate was up slightly in October.
The statistics, released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, show Roane County’s jobless rate at 8 percent.
That’s up from the 7.9 percent reported in September.
It’s also higher than in October 2012, when Roane County had an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.
The latest figures reflect that 24,700 in the county’s 26,840-strong workforce were employed during October.
The trend toward increases ran statewide, with 64 of Tennessee’s 95 counties showing higher unemployment figures.
Rates decreased in 18 counties, and the numbers held steady in 13 counties.
The state rate also increased slightly, to 8.2 percent over September’s 8.1 percent.
The national rate remained unchanged at 7 percent.
Middle Tennessee counties again led the way in the state’s lowest rates. Williamson County had the lowest rate at 5.7 percent, followed by Lincoln County at 6.1 percent.
Nearby Scott County continued to have the state’s highest jobless rate at 16.1 percent. West Tennessee’s Lauderdale County followed, at 13.6 percent.
Unemployment rates for surrounding counties in October were Anderson, 7.9, up 0.1 percent; Cumberland, 9, unchanged; Knox, 6.7, up 0.1 percent; Loudon, 7.4, unchanged; McMinn, 9.2, up 0.1 percent; Meigs, 9.9, up 0.3 percent; Monroe, 11.8, up 0.4 percent; Morgan, 10.3, down 0.1 percent; and Rhea, 11, up 0.1 percent.