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Unemployment rate drops here

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Wilson placed sixth in a list of the 10 counties with the lowest unemployment rates in March. Lincoln County was first with the state’s lowest rate at 6.1 percent, down from 6.6 percent in February, followed by Williamson County in second with 6.4 percent.

Scott County in East Tennessee remains in 95th place with the state’s highest jobless rate at 21.9 percent, down from 22.6 percent in February.

A news release from the department said the unemployment rate decreased in 93 counties and increased in two counties.

Nearby, Sumner County’s unemployment rate for March was 8.6 percent, a decrease of 0.6 percent from the February figure of 9.2; Rutherford County was 8.4 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percent from the February rate of 8.7; Macon County was 12.1 percent, an increase of 0.8 percent from February’s rate of 11.3; and Trousdale County was 11.5 percent in March, an decrease of 0.7 percent from the February figure of 12.2.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.0 percent, down from 7.6 percent in February. Hamilton County was 8.1 percent, down from 8.7 the previous month. Davidson County was 8.4 percent, down from 8.7 percent in February; and Shelby County was 10.1 percent, down from 10.4 percent previously.

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