FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
APRIL 27, 2006
(615) 741-2257
 


MARCH COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
77 COUNTIES DECREASE

NASHVILLE – County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for March, 2006 released today, show that 77 counties decreased, 8 counties increased and 10 remained the same. Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2006 of 5.1 percent decreased slightly from the February rate of 5.2 percent.

Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 3.3 percent, the same as the February rate. Rutherford County was the second lowest with 3.9 percent, the same as the February rate. Clay County continued with the highest county rate at 13.4 percent, but decreased significantly from the February rate of 14.3 percent.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 4.0 percent, down from 4.1 in February. Davidson County was 4.4 percent, the same as the February rate. Hamilton County was at 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 in February, and Shelby County was 6.1 percent, up from 6.0 in February.

NOTE: Information will be available on the Internet; enter www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/march2006county.pdf


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