NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2007 was released last week at 4.7 percent, 0.3 percentage point higher than the April rate of 4.4 percent. The United States rate was 4.5 percent for May, unchanged from April.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for May 2007, released today, show that 50 counties increased, 25 counties decreased, and 20 remained unchanged.
Knox County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, up from 3.0 percent in April. Maury County had the state’s highest at 8.5 percent, up from 5.3 in April, followed by Lawrence County at 7.5 percent, unchanged from April.
Knoxville had the state’s lowest major metropolitan statistical area (MSA) rate at 3.3 percent, which increased from 3.2 percent in April. The Nashville-Murfreesboro MSA was 3.6 percent, up from 3.4 in April; the Chattanooga MSA was 3.7 percent, up from 3.6 percent; and the Memphis MSA was 4.7 percent, up from 4.6 percent.
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