Wilson jobless rate shrinks in October

Xavier Smith • Updated Nov 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate decreased slightly from September to October and remained lower than the unemployment rate from the same time a year ago.

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, October’s jobless rate was 3.9 percent, a 0.2 percent decrease from September and a 0.3 percent decrease from the same time last year.

Rates decreased in 80 counties, increased in 7 and remained the same in 8 counties in October. Wilson County remained the fifth lowest in the state behind Williamson, Davidson, Rutherford and Moore counties, respectively. 

Lake County had the highest jobless rate with 8 percent. 

Wilson County’s rate in October represented 2,610 unemployed workers compared to a 66,980-person workforce and does not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits.

Lebanon’s rate for October decreased 0.3 percent from September to 4.8 percent. The city’s rate represented 670 unemployed workers, compared to a 14,050-person labor force. 

Mt. Juliet’s rate for October also decreased 0.2 percent from August to 3.7 percent. The rate represented 590 unemployed workers compared to a 15,970-person labor force. 

The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, rate decreased 0.2 percent to 3.9 from September. The rate represented 40,250 unemployed workers compared to a 1.03-million-person labor force. 

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for September came in at 4.9 percent, a 0.3 percent increase from September. The statewide rate represented 154,200 jobless workers compared to a 3.17-million-person workforce. 

The national unemployment rate for October decreased 0.3 percent to at 4.7 percent. The rate represented 7.78 million unemployed workers compared to a workforce of nearly 160 million people.

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