Sunday, June 27, 2010

Putnam Jobless Rate Declines Again

Putnam County continues to see slight declines in its jobless rate. The May unemployment rate, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor, was 9.2 percent -- down three tenths of a point from the nine and a half percent rate that had been recorded in April. It's also down nearly half a point from the May 2009 rate of 9.6 percent. Out of an estimated work force of 35,340 people, 3,250 were out of a job in May. Meanwhile, the jobless rate continues to hover in the double digits for other counties in the area. It was 10.7 percent in Overton County; 11.5 percent in Jackson County; and 12.5 percent in White County.