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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JUNE 23, 2005
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MAY COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
RATES SHOW DECREASES IN 31 COUNTIES

NASHVILLETennessee 's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2005 of 6.2 percent, up from the April revised rate of 5.8 percent, was released on June 16, 2005. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for May 2005, released today, show that 31 counties decreased, 45 counties increased, and 19 remained the same.

Moore County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 3.8 percent, down from 4.2 in April. Wayne County was the state’s highest at 13.0 percent, up from 12.5 in April.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 4.4 percent, up from 4.3 in April. Davidson County was at 4.9 percent, up from 4.7 in April. Hamilton County was at 5.0 percent, up from 4.6 percent in April, and Shelby County was 6.6 percent, up from 6.4 percent.

NOTE: Information will be available on the Internet; enter www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/may2005county.pdf.

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