Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Local Jobless Rate Goes Up Again

The ending of 2010 is not bringing any positive news on the jobs front. The latest figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor show Putnam County's unemployment rate up two-tenths of a point. It now stands at 8.7 percent. Out of a labor force of 36,080 people, officials say that more than 3,100 of them were out of work in November. Meanwhile, the jobless rate was 9.9 percent in Overton County; 10.3 percent in Jackson County and a full twelve percent in White County. Officials say that while the latest numbers are somewhat discouraging, they are still better than the unemployment rate from one year ago.