published Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Tennessee's jobless rate for August unchanged at 8.5 percent

Tennessee's preliminary unemployment rate in August was 8.5 percent, unchanged from the July revised rate.

The national jobless rate for August was 7.3 percent, which was down a tenth of a percent from the preceding month.

August was the third consecutive month the unemployment rate was unchanged for Tennessee, according to Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips.

In the past year, Tennessee's rate has climbed from 8.1 percent to the current 8.5 percent.

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