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Jobless rate rises in June

Xavier Smith • Updated Aug 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate rose slightly in June compared to May but showed a significant decrease compared to a year ago.

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, June’s jobless rate in Wilson County was 4.1 percent, which was an increase of 1 percent from May and a 2.6-percent decrease from the same time last year.

Rates increased in all of the state’s 95 counties in June, which coincided with the seasonal closing of schools. Wilson County ranked fifth in the state behind Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Sumner counties, respectively, for the lowest unemployment rate in June.

Hancock County had the highest jobless rate with 8.8 percent.

Wilson County’s rate in June represented 2,780 unemployed workers compared to a 64,350-person workforce and does not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits.

Lebanon’s rate for June increased 1.2 percent, which was at 5.0 percent. The city’s rate represented 710 unemployed workers compared to a 13,370-person labor force. 

Mt. Juliet’s rate for June climbed to 3.8 percent, a 0.8 percent decrease from May. The rate represented 610 unemployed workers compared to a 15,380-person workforce.

The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, came in at 4.1 percent, an increase of 1 percent to May. The rate represented 42,220 unemployed workers compared to a just less than 1-million-person workforce.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June landed at 5 percent, a 0.9 percent increase from May. The statewide rate represented 159,300 jobless workers compared to a 3-million-person workforce.

The national unemployment rate for June was 4.9 percent, a 0.2-percent increase compared to May. The national rate represented more than 7.7 million unemployed workers compared to a workforce of nearly 151.1 million people.

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