published Thursday, June 27th, 2013

May jobless rate rises in Chattanooga area to 7.9 percent

Unemployment in metropolitan Chattanooga rose last month by a half percent to 7.9 percent.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today that 20,570 workers in the 6-county Chttanooga metro area were out of work during May.

Chattanooga’s jobless rate last month matched metro Cleveland, Tenn., and was 2.8 percent below Dalton’s 10.7 percent jobless rate for the month.

The comparable nationwide rate in May was 7.6 percent

Among Tennessee’s major metro areas, unemployment was higher last moth in only one other metro area — Memphis, where the May jobless rate rose to 9.5 percent.

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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