Jobless rate drops slightly

Posted By | May 30, 2013 12:00 am

Amye Anderson
Staff writer
The numbers are in and White County saw a slight improvement in its unemployment numbers for the month of April.
The county’s unemployment rate stands at 11.3 percent — a 0.5 percent drop from 11.8 percent in March.
That information comes from the latest labor force estimates released by the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Of the county’s estimated workforce of 10,940 people, an estimated 9,700 are employed.
“We’re doing everything to get employment here in the county,” said White County Executive Herd Sullivan. “It’s an uphill battle.”
This time last year, the unemployment rate was at 10.9 percent — with 10,020 of the 11,200 civilian labor force employed.
Nearby unemployment rates for the month of April are:
•Cumberland County 9.5 percent
•DeKalb County 8.2 percent
•Putnam County 7.6 percent
•Van Buren County 11.6 precent
•Warren County 9.3 percent
Thirty-six counties, including White, have an unemployment rate greater than 10 percent.
In terms of surrounding counties, Cumberland and White had the biggest change in employment from March to April — each dropping half a percent from their total unemployment figures.
Statewide, the unemployment rate decreased in 62 counties, went up in 23 counties and remained the same in 10 counties.
Tennessee has an unemployment rate of 8 percent; 7.5 percent when employment numbers reflect seasonal employment.

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