The report also showed that Julys unemployment rate at 6.7 percent was the same as that of July 2012.
County unemployment rates for July 213 show the rate decreased in 79 counties, increased in 12 and remained the same in four counties. Specific county information is available on the Internet; enter http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/_figures/LaborJULY2013.pdf.
Nearby, Williamson County was first on the list of top 10 with the lowest unemployment rate of 5.8 percent. Sumner County was fifth with 6.7 percent, and Rutherford County was 10th with 7.2 percent.
Davidson County had the states lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.7 percent, down from 7.0 percent in June. Knox Countys July rate decreased to 7.0 from 7.3 percent. Hamilton County decreased to 8.6 percent from 8.8 the previous month. Shelby County was 9.8 percent, down from 10.3 percent in June.
Tennessees preliminary unemployment rate for July is 8.5 percent, which is unchanged from the June revised rate. The national unemployment rate for July 2013 was 7.4 percent, down two-tenths of 1 percentage point from the previous month.
The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.