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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
December 23, 2004
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November County Unemployment Rates
Rates show decreases in 31 counties and increases in 51 counties

NASHVILLE - Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November 2004 of 5.0 percent, down from the October revised rate of 5.1 percent, was released on December 16, 2004. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for November 2004, released today, show that 51 counties increased, 31 counties decreased, and 13 remained the same.

Moore County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 2.8 percent, up from 2.5 in October. Clay County was the state’s highest at 13.5 percent, up from 12.0 percent in October.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 2.9, up from 2.8 in October. Hamilton County was 3.6, up from 3.5 in October. Davidson was at 4.0 percent, the same as the October rate, and Shelby County was 6.6 percent, up from 6.4 percent in October.

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

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