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Jobless rate decreases in December

Kimberly Jordan • Jan 29, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percent in December, which was a 0.4 percent decrease from the same month last year.

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, December’s jobless rate in Wilson County was 4.3 percent.

Rates decreased in 43 counties and increased in 35 counties and remained the same in 17 counties in December.

Wilson County lands at the eighth lowest unemployment rate in December behind Williamson, Davidson, Rutherford, Moore, Lincoln Knox and Sumner counties, respectively.

Wilson County’s rate in December represented 2,760 unemployed workers compared to a 63,780-person workforce and did 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 December, at 5.1 percent, is an increase of 0.1 percent from November and decreased 0.4 percent from the same time last year. The city’s rate represents 680 unemployed workers compared to a 13,270-person labor force.

Mt. Juliet’s rate for December landed at 4.5 percent, a 0.2 percent decrease from November and a 0.1 percent decrease from the same time a year ago. The rate represents 670 unemployed workers compared to a 15,070-person work force.

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