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Slight increase in October unemployment

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State rate also up, U.S. joblessness declines for month

Roane County’s unemployment rate was up 0.2 percent  in October, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The state’s figures indicate that the county’s jobless rate for October was 7.3 percent, up from 7.1 percent in September.

That means 26,080 workers in the county’s 28,140 labor force were employed during the month.
Unemployment, however, was slightly higher a year ago. Roane County recorded a 7.5 percent jobless rate in October 2011, state statistics show.

Unemployment was up overall statewide in October. Sixty-four of Tennessee’s 95 counties had an increase, with the rate decreasing in 14 counties and holding steady in the remaining 17.

The state posted a 7.8 unemployment rate for October. The 0.2 percent jump over September, however, is considerably less than a year ago, when Tennessee’s jobless rate was at 8.5 percent.

The state’s numbers also indicate that employment is picking up across the country. The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 7.5 percent, a difference of 0.1 percent over a month ago.

In October 2011, the U.S. jobless rate was 8.5 percent.

Lincoln County in Middle Tennessee registered the state’s lowest rate at 5.1 percent. It was followed by Williamson County, also in Middle Tennessee, at 5.2 percent.

Neighboring Knox County had the third-lowest rate at 5.9 percent.

Nearby Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 16.4 percent.

The West Tennessee counties of Obion and Fayette had the next highest, at 13.8 and 13.6 percent, respectively.

Unemployment rates for surrounding counties in October were Anderson, 7.2, up 0.3 percent; Cumberland, 8.3, up 0.2 percent; Knox, 5.9, unchanged; Loudon, 6.7, unchanged; McMinn, 9.2, up 0.2 percent; Meigs, 9.8, down 0.1 percent; Morgan, 9.0, unchanged; and Rhea, 9.9, up 0.2 percent.