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April 1 , 2004 (615) 741-2257 (OFFICE)
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February County Unemployment Rates
Rates show decreases in 78 counties

NASHVILLE - Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2004 of 5.0 percent, up from the January rate of 4.9 percent, was released on March 18, 2004. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for February 2004, released today, show that 78 counties decreased, nine counties increased, and eight remained the same.


Knox County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 2.6 percent, down from 2.7 percent in January. Clay County's rate of 13.6 percent, down from 14.9 in January, was the state's highest.


Following Knox County in the metropolitan counties with the lowest rates were Davidson County, at 3.9 percent, down from 4.0 percent in January, and Hamilton County, at 3.9 percent, down from 4.1 percent in January. Shelby County was 5.6 percent, down from 6.0 percent in January.


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