MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
October 28, 2004
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September County Unemployment Rates
Rates show decreases in 42 counties

NASHVILLE - Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2004 of 5.1 percent, up from the August revised rate of 4.9 percent, was released on October 21, 2004. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for September 2004, released today, show that 42 counties decreased, 43 counties increased, and 10 remained the same.

Moore County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 2.5 percent, down from 3.3 in August. Houston County's rate of 14.4 percent, up from 12.4 in August, was the state's highest.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate at 2.8, down from 2.9 in August. Hamilton County was 3.5, down from 3.6 in August. Davidson was at 3.9 percent, down from 4.0 in August, and Shelby County was 6.2 percent, up from 6.1 in August.

NOTE: Information will be available on the Internet; enter http://www.state.tn.us/labor-wfd/labor_figures.

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