FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JANUARY 26, 2006
(615) 741-2257 (O)
 
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DECEMBER COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
RATES SHOW DECREASE IN 79 COUNTIES

NASHVILLE – Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 2005 of 5.4 percent, down from the November revised rate of 5.7 percent, was released on January 19, 2006. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for December 2005, released today, show that 79 counties decreased, 13 counties increased and three remained the same.

Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, down from 3.7 percent in November. Clay County was the state’s highest at 14.5 percent, up from 13.9 in November.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.7 percent, down from 4.4 in November. Davidson County was 4.2 percent, down from 4.9 in November. Hamilton County was 4.4 percent, down from 4.7 in November, and Shelby County was 5.6 percent, down from 6.2.

NOTE: Information will be available on the Internet; enter www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/december2005county.pdf


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