Thursday, July 23, 2009

Putnam Jobless Rate Increases Again

Putnam County's unemployment rate is now in the double digits. The jobless rate in June, as reported by the Tennessee Department of Labor, was 10.3 percent, up half a point from the month before. On a year to year basis, it's up three and a half percent over what it was in June of 2008. Officials say there are 48,660 people who make up the labor force in the Cookeville micropolitan area. But in June, nearly 6,000 of them were without a job. Meawnhile, the jobless rate in Jackson County was 14.4 percent; it was 15.3 percent in Overton County; and 15.5 percent in White County.