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Roane jobless rate up slightly in March

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Roane County’s unemployment rate was up a bit for March, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The rate, at 8.1 percent, is 0.2 percent higher than in February. The county’s jobless rate was at 7.6 percent a year ago, state records indicate.

The most recent numbers indicate that 25,210 workers in Roane County’s 27,430 labor force were employed during the month.

Statewide, rates decreased in 58 counties and rose in 24 counties. Jobless trends held steady in 13 of Tennessee’s 95 counties.

The state’s 8.1 percent rate was down 0.1 percent from February. The national rate, at 7.6 percent in March, fell 0.5 percent.

Middle Tennessee’s Williamson County registered the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 5.1 percent. It was followed by Lincoln County, also in Middle Tennessee, at 5.4 percent and neighboring Knox County’s 6.2 percent.

Nearby Scott County continued to have the state’s highest jobless rate at 17.2 percent. West Tennessee’s Lauderdale County had the next-highest rate at 14.2 percent, followed by Pickett County on the Cumberland Plateau at 13.3 percent.

Unemployment rates for surrounding counties in March were Anderson, 7.8, up 0.4 percent; Cumberland, 10.0, down 0.2 percent; Knox, 6.2, down 0.2 percent; Loudon, 7.3, up 0.4 percent; McMinn, 9.2, down 0.1 percent; Meigs, 10.0, down 0.2 percent; Monroe, 10.9, same as in February; Morgan, 10.4, down 0.3 percent; and Rhea, 11.5, up 0.3 percent.