|Wilson jobless rate up|
|Friday, July 27, 2012|
From Post staff reports
Wilson County’s unemployment rate for June rose 0.6 percent to 7.0, up from the May jobless number of 6.4 percent.
June unemployment rates for all 95 counties were released Thursday afternoon by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.
Wilson County had a labor force of 62,470 in June with 58,100 employed. That left 4,370 unemployed, according to figures from the department.Even with the increase, Wilson’s jobless rate for June was lower than that of a year ago when the figure stood at 8.1 percent in June 2011, a change of 1.1 percent.
Statewide, Wilson placed fifth among the top 10 counties with the lowest unemployment for June 2012. Williamson County was first with a jobless rate of 5.9 percent. Robertson County was 10th with 7.5 percent. Sumner County was eighth with 7.3 percent, and Rutherford County was ninth with 7.4 percent.
Scott County in East Tennessee continues to have the highest unemployment rate in Tennessee at 18.5 percent for June.
The rate increased in all counties in June, according to a news release from the department.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June rose to 8.1 percent, up from the May revised rate of 7.9 percent. The national unemployment rate for June 2012 was 8.2 percent, unchanged from May.
The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.7 percent, up from 6.0 percent in May. Davidson County was 7.3 percent, up from 6.7 percent the previous month. Hamilton County was 8.3 percent, up from 7.4 percent, and Shelby County was 9.7 percent, up from the May unemployment rate of 8.8 percent.