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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
APRIL 21, 2005
(615) 741-2257 (O)
 
(615) 308-3705 (C)


MARCH COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
RATES SHOW DECREASES IN 72 COUNTIES

NASHVILLE – Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2005 of 5.9 percent, the same as the February revised rate of 5.9 percent, was released on April 14, 2005. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for March 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 4.0 percent, up from 3.9 in February. Wayne County was the state’s highest at 12.4 percent, up from 11.1 in February.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 4.6, the same as in February. Hamilton County was 4.9, down from 5.1 in February. Davidson was at 5.0 percent, up from 4.8 in February, and Shelby County was 6.8 percent, down from 6.9 in February.

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NOTE: Information will be available on the Internet; enter www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures /march2005county.pdf.