Unemployment rate drops for White County

By | August 30, 2010 12:00 am

Sparta residents can now see a bright spot in the unemployment rate with the release of the July 2010 figures.
According to Tennessee Department of Labor, White County’s jobless rate is 12.2 percent, which is down from 14.6 percent in July 2009.
The July number was also the lowest since the beginning of 2010. In January, White County registered 14.5 percent unemployment, 14.2 percent in February, 13.7 percent in March, 13.1 percent in April, 12.5 percent in May and 12.7 percent in June.
Although White County’s unemployment rate is showing improvement, it is the highest figure in comparison to its bordering counties. In July 2010, Van Buren County showed an 11.4 percent unemployment rate; Warren County, 11.3 percent; Cumberland County, 10.1 percent; DeKalb County, 9.8 percent; and Putnam County, 9 percent.
Statewide, jobless rates decreased in 87 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. However, the rates increased in five and remained the same in three.
Tennessee’s jobless rate was 9.8 percent for July 2010, which is a slight decrease from June when the figure was 10 percent.
Lincoln County showed the state’s lowest rate at 6.4 percent. Scott County had the highest jobless figure at 19.4 percent

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