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Roane jobless figures down

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Both Roane County and Tennessee are off to a good start in 2014 — at least on the job front.

Unemployment rates for both the county and the state fell 0.1 percent to 7.2 percent in January, according to statistics released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Roane County’s is down 1.4 percent from the 8.6 percent rate in January 2013. The state is down 1.8 percent from a year ago, when its unemployment rate was 9.0 percent.

The latest figures show that 24,080 in Roane County’s 25,960-strong workforce were employed during January.

The U.S. jobless rate for January was 7.0 percent, an increase of 0.5 percent.

January unemployment rates for surrounding counties were Anderson, 6.8, down 0.3 percent; Cumberland, 9.2, up 0.3 percent; Knox, 5.5, down 0.2 percent; Loudon, 6.6, down 0.1 percent; McMinn, 7.9, down 0.2 percent; Meigs, 9.3, up 0.4 percent; Monroe, 9.5, up 0.2 percent; Morgan, 9.5, unchanged; and Rhea, 9.9, unchanged.