From Post staff reports
While many question whether or not the government is helping to jumpstart the economy, residents of Wilson County are feeling a little better as the unemployment rate has decreased from August.
Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2009 was released last week by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development and stands at 10.5 percent, which was 0.2 percent lower that August. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates were released on Thursday and Wilson County’s August unemployment rate of 9.4 dropped 0.4 percent.
An unemployment rate of 9.0 percent makes Wilson County the eighth lowest rate in the state, with Lincoln County having the lowest rate of 6.9 percent. Lincoln County’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.2 percent from August.
Jobless figures in surrounding counties included Sumner County down 0.6 percent to 9.7 percent; Rutherford County down 0.6 percent to 9.6 percent; Trousdale County up 0.2 percent to 12.0 percent; Williamson County down 0.2 percent to 7.5 percent; and Smith County down 0.6 percent to 12.8 percent.
West Tennessee’s Lauderdale County had the highest unemployment rate of 18.9 percent, which was a decrease of 0.8 percent from August, followed by Scott County in East Tennessee down 0.7 percent to 18.4 percent.
Knox County had the lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.1 percent, down 0.6 from August. Hamilton County was down 0.7 percent to 8.7 percent; Davidson County was down 0.4 percent to 9.2 percent; and Shelby County was down 0.4 percent to 10.2 percent.
Unemployment rates for September increased in 11 counties, decreased in 83 counties and remained the same in one county in relation to the rates from August.