Saturday, May 30, 2009

Jobless Rate Unchanged in Putnam County

Putnam County's unemployment rate was unchanged in April, staying at 9.3 percent. But officials say that's four percent higher than it was at this time last year. The latest figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor show that Putnam County had a workforce of some 34,170 people. And -- in April -- 3,170 of them were out of a job. Meanwhile, the jobless rates in both Overton and Jackson counties were actually down in April, but still in the double digits. The Overton County rate was 13.2 percent. In Jackson County, it was 13.7 percent. White County had one of the highest unemployment rates in the state at 15.2 percent.