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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
MAY 25, 2006
(615) 741-2257
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APRIL COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES RELEASED
63 COUNTIES DECREASE

NASHVILLE – County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for April 2006, released today, show that 63 counties decreased, 16 counties increased, and 16 remained the same. Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2006, which was released last week, was 5.4 percent, an increase of 0.3 percentage point from the March rate of 5.1 percent. Williamson County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 3.2 percent, down from 3.3 in March. Rutherford County was the second lowest with 3.9 percent, unchanged from March. Clay County continued with the highest county rate at 12.1 percent, but was down from the March rate of 13.4.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 4.0 percent, the same as March. Both Davidson and Hamilton counties were 4.4 percent; Davidson was also 4.4 percent in March and Hamilton was down from 4.5 in March. Shelby was 5.9 percent in April, down from 6.1 percent in March. NOTE: Information will be available on the Internet; enter www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/april2006county.pdf


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