Unemployment in Tennessee rose last month by a tenth a percent to again exceed the national rate for joblessness.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today that 6.4 percent of Tennessee workers were without jobs during May, up from 6.3 percent in April and a fraction above the U.S. jobless rate of 6.3 percent last month.
Despite the monthly increase, unemployment in May in Tennessee was still down by 1.2 percentage points from a year ago when the state’s jobless rate was 7.5 percent. Tennessee added 6,700 jobs last month, primarily in hospitality, retail trade and local government. But those gains were offset by an even bigger increase in the number of persons in the labor force.
Over the past year, nonfarm employment increased across Tennessee by 56,900 jobs. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, leisure/hospitality, and trade/transportation/utilities.
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 ...