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Unemployment rises in January

Xavier Smith • Mar 10, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate shadowed the Tennessee trend and rose in January compared to December and increased from the same time a year ago.

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, January’s jobless rose to 4.4 percent, a 0.5 percent increase from December and a 0.5 percent increase from the same time last year.

Rates in 12 counties came in less than 5 percent, 5 to 10 percent in 80 counties and greater than 10 percent in three counties. Wilson County rose to fourth lowest in the state behind Williamson, Davidson and Rutherford counties, respectively. 

Lake County had the highest jobless rate with 11.3 percent. 

Wilson County’s rate in January represented 3,020 unemployed workers compared to a 67,950-person workforce and does not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits.

Lebanon’s rate for January rose 0.5 percent to 5. The city’s rate represented 710 unemployed workers, compared to a 14,200-person labor force. 

Mt. Juliet’s rate for January increased 0.4 percent from December’s 3.5 percent. The rate represented 660 unemployed workers compared to a 16,860-person labor force. 

The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, rate also increased 0.4 percent to 4.3 in January. The rate represented 42,620 unemployed workers compared to a 985,460-million-person labor force. 

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for January came in at 5.4 percent, a 0.5 percent increase from December. The statewide rate represented 171,500 jobless workers compared to a 3.18-million-person workforce. 

The national unemployment rate for January increased 0.1 percent to at 4.8 percent. The rate represented 7.6 million unemployed workers compared to a workforce of nearly 160 million people.

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