Unemployment rose in Tennessee last month by a half percentage point to 7.1 percent — the highest jobless rate since January.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today a household survey of state residents showed that 23,300 fewer Tennesseans were on the job in July than in the previous month. Tennesseee's job losses last month contrasted with continuing employment gains nationwide, adjusted for seasonal factors.
Despite the increase in July, however, Tennessee's unemployment rate still fell from 8.4 percent a year ago to 7.1 percent last month.
Nationwide, the unemployment rate in the past year has declined from 7.3 percent to 6.2 percent.
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 ...