published Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Tennessee jobless rate rises to 8 percent

Unemployment rose last month across Tennessee to its highest rate since last September.

The 8 percent jobless rate in the Volunteer State in April was up 0.2 percent from March. The state’s unemployment rate last month was 0.5 percent above the U.S. rate of 7.5 percent.

Despite the rise in unemployment in April, Tennessee’s jobless rate was still below the 8.1 percent rate of a year ago.

Employment in April grew by 4,500 jobs and over the past year the number of working Tennesseans has grown by 47,900.

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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