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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
April 22, 2004
(615) 741-2257 (OFFICE)
 
(615) 308-3705 (CELL)

MARCH COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
Rates show decreases in 63 counties

NASHVILLE - Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2004 of 5.0 percent, the same as the February rate of 5.0 percent, was released on April 15, 2004. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for March 2004, released today, show that 63 counties decreased, 21 counties increased, and 11 remained the same.

Knox County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 2.6 percent, the same as the February rate of 2.6 percent. Lauderdale County's rate of 12.7 percent, down from 13.2 in February, was the state's highest.

Following Knox County in the metropolitan counties with the lowest rates were Davidson and Hamilton counties, both at 3.9 percent, the same as the February rates at 3.9 percent. Shelby County was 5.8 percent, up from 5.6 percent in February.

NOTE: Information will be available on the Internet; enter http://www.state.tn.us/labor-wfd/labor_figures.

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