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Wilson jobless rate up

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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.

Tennessees 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 states 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.

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