Friday, September 25, 2009

One in Ten Putnam County Residents Now Jobless

Putnam County's unemployment rate was back up again in August, jumping half a percentage point from 9.9 to 10.4 percent overall. That means that one person out of every ten is out of a job. The labor force here is estimated at 34,310 workers, and officials with the Labor Department say 3,550 of them were unemployed in August. The 10.4 percent rate for August of '09 is also significantly higher than the 6.8 percent jobless rate in August of last year. Meanwhile, around the area, White County had an unemployment rate of 14.5 percent. It was also 14.5 percent in Jackson County; and 12.7 percent in Overton County.