Sunday, January 31, 2010

Local Jobless Rates Increase Again

Putnam County's unemployment rate took another significant jump in December, according to the latest figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor. The county is now in the double digits when it comes to joblessness. The jobless rate here is 10.1 percent -- up seven-tenths of a point from November and two and a half percent higher than it was a year ago. In fact, all of the counties in the Cookeville micropolitan area saw their jobless rate increase by that same seven-tenths of a point. Overton County went from 11.5 to 12.2 percent, while Jackson County's jobless figure increased from 12.4 to 13.1 percent. And in White County, the rate was 14 percent, up half a point from last month. Officials say the estimated unemployment rate in Cookeville itself is somewhat better -- standing at 9.2 percent.