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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
AUGUST 25, 2005
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JULY COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
RATES SHOW DECREASES IN 72 COUNTIES

NASHVILLE – Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2005 of 5.5 percent, down from the June revised rate of 6.0 percent, was released on August 18, 2005. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for July 2005, released today, show that 72 counties decreased, 19 counties increased, and four remained the same.

Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 3.2 percent, down from 4.2 in June. Wayne County was the state’s highest at 14.4 percent, up from 13.5 in June.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.9 percent, down from 4.8 in June. Davidson County was 4.3 percent, down from 5.3 in June. Hamilton County was at 5.1 percent, down from 5.7 in June, and Shelby County was 6.5 percent, down from 7.7 in June.

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NOTE: Information will be available on the Internet; enter www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/july2005county.pdf