Thursday, March 10, 2011

Putnam Jobless Rate Nearing Double Digits

Unemployment increased in Putnam County, and every other county in the state in January. That word today from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. January’s statewide unemployment rate rose to 9.5 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from December’s rate. Unemployment in Putnam County was 9.6 percent -- up more than one percent from the month before. Out of a workforce of 36,420 people, nearly 3,400 were out of a job in January. Around the region, the jobless rate in Overton County was up 3.6 percent ... to 13 percent overall. The unemployment rate in Jackson County was 12.4 percent and in White County, it was 14.1 percent.