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Wilsons jobless rate climbs

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From Post staff reports

Wilson County’s unemployment rate climbed 0.6 percent in December 2009 to 9.1 percent, up from the November ’09 rate of 8.5.

The county unemployment rates for December ’09 were released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Wilson’s labor force in December stood at 55,820 with 50,760 employed and 5,050 unemployed, a news release from the department said.

Tennessee’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for December was 10.9 percent, up 0.7 percent from the November rate of 10.2. The U.S. unemployment rate for December was unchanged at 10 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for December show that the rate increased in 91 counties, decreased in one and remained the same in three counties.

Lincoln County had the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 7.1 percent, up 0.4 from its November rate. Lauderdale and Marshall Counties had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18.9 percent. Lauderdale was up 0.4 from the November rate, and Marshall County increased from 16.8 percent in November.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.1 percent, up 0.4 percentage point from the November rate. Hamilton County was at 8.9 percent, up 0.5 percentage point from the November rate. Davidson County was 9.2 percent, up 0.4 from the previous month, and Shelby County was 10.3 percent, up 0.3 from the November rate.

Nearby, Rutherford County’s rate was 9.7 percent, up 0.4 from November; Sumner County was 9.6 percent, up 0.4 from November; Williamson County was 8.3 percent, up 0.8 percent from November; and Trousdale County was 11.4 percent, up 0.9 from November.

In terms lowest county unemployment rates for December, Wilson County was seventh out of 10 counties for the month.

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