published Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Tennessee jobless rate rises to 8.5 percent

Unemployment in Tennessee rose for the third consecutive month during June, climbing to 8.5 percent after state employers shed 16,500 jobs last month.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today that unemployment in the Volunteer State rose due to job losses in government, manufacturing and health and social services.

Total nonfarm employment in Tennessee decreased by 16,500 jobs from May to June. But over the past year, Tennessee still added 32,000 jobs.

The U.S. jobless rate averaged 7.6 percent in June.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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