Thursday, October 22, 2009

Putnam Jobless Rate Drops Slightly

Putnam County's unemployment rate was back down again in September, according to the latest figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor. Officials say the jobless rate here was 9.7 percent, down six-tenths of a point from the month before. But they also acknowledge that the unemployment rate in September of 2009 is three points higher than it was in September of 2008. Some 3300 people out of a labor force of about 33,000 were looking for work last month. Meanwhile, in Overton County the rate was 12 percent and in Jackson County the jobless rate was 12.7 percent. It was 13.5 percent in White County. For a look at the unemployment rate in counties across Tennessee, click here.