published Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Metro Chattanooga adds 3,600 jobs

Timothy Goines, left, has help from Adrian Craighead while looking for jobs on the computer at the Tennessee Employment Service Office at Eastgate Center in Brainerd in this file photo.
Timothy Goines, left, has help from Adrian Craighead while looking for jobs on the computer at the Tennessee Employment Service Office at Eastgate Center in Brainerd in this file photo.
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Job growth in metropolitan Chattanooga was nearly double the pace of employment gains nationwide over the past year, but Chattanooga still was among the 90 percent of American cities where the unemployment rate rose in June, according to government figures released Wednesday.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the six-county Chattanooga area added 3,600 jobs from June 2010 to June 2011. The area accounted for more than a third of all of the net new jobs in Tennessee in the past year.

The 1.6 percent rise in Chattanooga jobs over the past 12 months also was far ahead of the U.S. employment gain of 0.9 percent or Tennessee's job increase of 0.2 percent, the bureau reported.

Nonetheless, June's jobless rate edged higher in June from the previous month because of more workers looking for jobs, University of Tennessee economist Matt Murray said.

The city's rate in June, 9.1 percent, remained higher than both the 8.7 percent rate in May or the 8.4 percent rate of a year ago.

"The economy is growing but not at a fast enough rate to absorb the increase in the number of people looking for work," Murray said.

Despite Chattanooga's above-average job gains, employment in neighboring metro Cleveland dipped by 100 jobs over the past year, pushing up the jobless rate in metro Cleveland to to 10.3 percent. In metro Dalton, Ga., employment fell by 500 jobs over the past year to boost the jobless rate in June to 12.1 percent.

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tracyibarra said...

However, we should expect further worsening on joblessness in the country in the next quarter because of political anxieties in the Middle East, check out an article called "High Speed University" for relation between a degree and job and the pay rate.

August 4, 2011 at 6:24 a.m.
timbo said...

HMS Titanic (Hamilton County) .....full speed ahead to oblivion. The 3600 number is wrong. I watch the BLS web site every month and no what is going on. I would enlighten you people but it is useless. Your too stupid to understand. Just live in your little fantasy land.

August 4, 2011 at 8:51 a.m.
BigDonL said...

timbo - You need to learn English. Know is not the same as no. You're is not the same as your. I'm just saying...

August 4, 2011 at 12:29 p.m.
NorthChatter said...

I typically don't make fun of spelling and grammar on messageboards and in the comments section of newspaper sites (because most comments are on the fly), but there is a great irony when someone is calling someone else stupid and can't even properly write the sentence.

August 4, 2011 at 5:57 p.m.
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