Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2007, released last week, increased from the August rate of 4.0 percent to 4.7 percent, an increase of 0.7 percent. The United States rate was also 4.7 percent for September, an increase of 0.1 percent from August.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for September 2007, released today, show that nine counties remained unchanged. There were 82 counties that increased and four counties decreased.
Knox County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 3.2 percent. Lincoln County followed at 3.3. Maury County had the state's highest at 9.4 percent, followed by Marshall County at 8.4 percent.
Knoxville had the state's lowest major metropolitan statistical area (MSA) rate at 3.4 percent, which increased from 3.2 percent in August, an increase of 0.2 percent. The Nashville-Murfreesboro MSA was 3.7 percent, up from 3.5 in August. The Chattanooga MSA was 3.9 percent, up from 3.6 percent; and the Memphis MSA was 4.9 percent, up from 4.6 percent.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.