Thursday, August 26, 2010

Putnam Jobless Rate Goes Down In July

The unemployment rate in Putnam County was down in July, according to the latest figures from the Department of Labor. The jobless rate here was nine percent, down four-tenths of a point from June, and substantially lower than the 9.9 rate of a year ago. Still, local officials say a lot of Putnam County residents are looking for work. Out of a labor force of just over 35,000 workers, more than 3,000 were unemployed. Around the region, Overton County's jobless rate was unchanged at 11.1 percent. Jackson County's unemployment was also in the double digits at 11.4 percent. And, in White County, it was 12.2 percent.