Roane jobless rate down to 7.8% in Oct.

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Roane County was among 92 Tennessee counties experiencing a decrease in its unemployment rate, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The state’s figures show the county’s jobless rate at 7.8 percent, a decrease of 0.7 percent over September.
That means 26,010 of the county’s 28,220-strong labor force was employed for the month.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate dropped in October to 8.9 percent, a difference of 0.8 percent from September’s reported 9.7 percent. The national rate, at 8.5 percent dropped by 0.3 percent.

Among Tennessee’s 95 counties, one saw a jobless rate increase in October, and the rate remained unchanged for two counties.

Lincoln County in Middle Tennessee continues to register the state’s lowest rate at 5.8 percent. Williamson County, also in Middle Tennessee, followed at 6.3 percent, with neighboring Knox County at 6.7 percent.

Nearby Scott County again registered the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18.1 percent. Obion and Fayette counties, both in West Tennessee, had the second- and third-highest rates in the state. Obion County recorded 15.6 percent, with Fayette County’s rate at 14.1 percent.

October rates for surrounding counties were Anderson, 8.1, down 0.7 percent; Cumberland, 9.3, down 1.1 percent; Knox, 6.7, down 1 percent; Loudon, 7.7, down 0.7 percent; McMinn, 10.9, down 0.9 percent; Meigs, 11.2, down 0.9 percent; Monroe, 12.2, down 0.9 percent; Morgan, 10.1, down 0.4 percent; and Rhea, 11.6, down 0.6 percent.

Roane County’s unemployment rate during the same period last year was 7.2 percent, down 0.6 percent from the recently reported figures.

At that time, the county’s jobless rate was the fifth-lowest in the state.