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Jobless rate unchanged in August

Xavier Smith • Updated Sep 23, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged to August from July, but showed a significant decrease compared to a year ago.

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, August’s jobless rate remained at 4 percent, a 0.6 percent decrease from the same time last year.

Rates decreased in 26 counties, increased in 58 and remained the same in 11 counties in July. Wilson County climbed one spot to fourth lowest in the state behind Williamson, Davidson and Rutherford counties, respectively. 

Hancock County had the highest jobless rate with 8 percent. 

Wilson County’s rate in August represented 2,700 unemployed workers compared to a 66,930-person workforce and does not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits.

Lebanon’s rate for August increased 0.2 percent from July to 4.9 percent. The city’s rate represented 690 unemployed workers, compared to a 14,040-person labor force. 

Mt. Juliet’s rate for August dropped 0.1 percent from July to 3.7 percent. The rate represented 600 unemployed workers compared to a 15,950-person labor force. 

The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, rate remained at 3.9 percent. The rate represented 38,560 unemployed workers compared to a 977,520-person labor force. 

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for August came in at 4.4 percent, a 0.1 percent increase from July. The statewide rate represented 138,300 jobless workers compared to a 3.13-million-person workforce. 

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