Roane’s job figures still looking good

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Statistics released late last week indicate that Roane County’s employment situation continues to look better.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports the county’s March unemployment rate at 7.5 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percent.

That means 25,620 workers in the county’s 27,700 labor force were employed last month.

Those numbers are also better than the same period last year, when Roane County recorded a jobless rate at 7.9 percent.

That trend is also reflected in numbers on the state and national level. Tennessee’s jobless rate in March was 8.1 percent, a decrease of 0.4 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate is down 0.3 percent to 8.4 percent.

Statewide, 89 counties saw jobless rate decreases, and five counties experienced an increase.

Only neighboring Loudon County, at 6.7 percent, held steady among Tennessee’s 95 counties.

Williamson County in Middle Tennessee had the state’s lowest rate at 5.2 percent. Neighboring Knox County’s was second lowest, at 5.7 percent. Middle Tennessee’s Lincoln County, which long had the state’s lowest jobless rate until recent months, reported in at 5.8 percent.

Scott County had the state’s highest jobless rate at 17.1 percent. West Tennessee’s Obion County had the second-highest rate at 15.2 percent, followed by Pickett County, on the Kentucky border on the Cumberland Plateau in Middle Tennessee, at 13.9  percent.

March rates for surrounding counties were Anderson, 7.9, up 0.3 percent; Cumberland, 9.4, down 1.0 percent; Knox, 5.7, down 0.4 percent; Loudon, 6.7 percent, unchanged; McMinn, 9.7, down 0.6 percent; Meigs, 10.0, down 0.6 percent; Monroe, 11.5, down 0.1 percent; Morgan, 10.1, down 0.3 percent; and Rhea, 9.9, down 0.8 percent.

Visit the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development website at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd for more details.