Thursday, July 22, 2010

Putnam Jobless Rate Goes Up Again In June

Putnam County's unemployment rate spiked upward once again in June, climbing three-tenths of a point over what it was May. According to the Department of Labor, the jobless rate here is now 9.5 percent. That's worse than last month, but better than this time last year, when the unemployment rate was 10.3 percent. Out of a workforce of some 35,000 people, more than 3,300 were looking for a job. Meanwhile, around the region, the jobless rate in Overton County was up four-tenths of a point to 11.1 percent. It was 11.9 percent in Jackson County, and 12.8 percent in White County. The national unemployment rate for June was 9.5 percent.