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Jobless rate drops

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated May 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate decreased for the second month in a row.

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, April’s jobless rate in Wilson County was down 0.9 percent to 4.5 percent from March’s rate of 5.4 percent.

Rates decreased in all 95 counties in April.

Wilson County ranks fourth in the state behind Williamson, Lincoln and Rutherford counties, respectively, for the lowest unemployment rate in April. 

Scott County had the highest jobless rate with 13.5 percent.

Wilson County’s rate in April represented 2,800 unemployed workers compared to a 62,710-person workforce and does not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits.

Among Tennessee’s larger cities, Lebanon’s rate for April decreased 1 percent from March’s 5.8 percent. The city’s rate represents 650 unemployed workers compared to a 13,490-person labor force.

The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, decreased by 0.8 percent in April compared to March’s 5.4 percent. The rate represents 38,420 unemployed workers compared to an 843,930-person workforce.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for April lands at 6.3 percent, down 0.4 percent from March. The statewide rate represents 192,000 jobless workers compared to a 3.04-million-person workforce.

The national unemployment rate for April was also 6.3 percent, which was a decrease of 0.4 percent from March. The national rate represents more than 9.7 million unemployed workers compared to a 155.4-million-person workforce.

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