Local jobless rate remains below state average


Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips Thursday announced unemployment rates in November remained low across the state and the vast majority of Tennessee counties continue to experience rates below five percent.

In November, there were 7,055 considered to be in the county's labor force, with 6,897 being employed and 158 people considered to be unemployed.

Despite this month's blip upward, the county's unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than it was in November a year ago, when it registered 6.9 percent.

Eight of the 10 lowest county unemployment rates in November were in Middle Tennessee, with Knox and Sevier counties in East Tennessee rounding out the list of the top ten lowest rates in the state.

The overall state rate in November was 3.7 percent (down from 3.9 percent), which was below the national rate of 4.1 percent.

Lewis County's rate rose from a record low of 5.5 percent in October to 5.9 percent in November.

"The addition of 330,600 jobs over the year demonstrates the consistency with which employers in our state create job opportunities for the highly skilled Texas workforce", according to a press release. Total private employment stands at 2,690,600 and is 13,700 above the November 2016 peak.

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Although the number of people who were unemployed in November has not gone down, there were 1,163 jobs available within 10 miles of Lima on Wednesday afternoon, according to OhioMeansJobs.com.

Last month, 7,163 Yakima County residents were without jobs, a 28 percent drop from the same month a year ago when almost 10,000 residents were without jobs.

Pike: 3.1 percent, up from 3.0 percent.

The estimates of job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses.

The two other sectors that posted job declines for the month were Government and Professional and Business Services. Smaller over-the-year declines were estimated in wood product manufacting, information, and wholesale trade, all down by 30 jobs over the year.

The county gained 700 education jobs in November compared with October, the department estimated. Typical seasonal losses in leisure and hospitality were largely negated by strong monthly hiring in manufacturing, which added 40 jobs. The city's rate represented 460 unemployed workers compared to a 14,560-person labor force.