FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
MARCH 9, 2006
(615) 741-2257 (O)
 


JANUARY COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
STATE RATE REVISED

NASHVILLE – Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2006 of 5.2 percent has been revised slightly since it was released last Thursday, March 2. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics adjusted unemployment data in several states as more information on the impact of hurricane Katrina became available. The state unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage point from the previously released rate, both seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted. The revised seasonally adjusted state rate for January is now 5.1 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for January 2006, released today, show that 93 counties increased and 2 counties decreased.

Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 3.9 percent, up from 3.0 percent in December. Clay County was the state’s highest at 15.3 percent, up from 14.4 in December, followed by Lawrence County at 14.3 percent, up from 13.0 in December.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 4.1 percent, up from 3.7 in December. Davidson County was 4.4 percent, up from 4.2 in December. Hamilton County was at 4.9 percent, up from 4.4 in December, and Shelby County was 6.0 percent, up from 5.7.

For more information on BLS estimates for January 2006, see Hurricane Information: Katrina and Rita on the BLS Web site at http://www.bls.gov/Katrina/home.htm or call (202) 691-6392.

NOTE: Information will be available on the Internet; enter www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/january2006county.pdf

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