January 2013 County Unemployment Rates
SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT REDUCTIONS REFLECTED IN COUNTY RATES
NASHVILLE – County unemployment rates for January 2013, released today, show the rate decreased in one county (Polk) and increased in 94 primarily due to normal seasonal employment reductions. County unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted and reflect seasonal employment changes from month to month. Specific county information is available on the Internet; enter http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/LaborJan13.pdf.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.5 percent, up from 5.9 percent in December. Davidson County was 6.6 percent, up from 6.1 percent. Hamilton County was 8.2 percent, up from 7.2 percent, and Shelby County was 9.7 percent, up from 8.9 percent in December.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for January 2013 was 7.7 percent, which increased one tenth of one percentage point from the December 2012 revised rate of 7.6 percent. The national unemployment rate for January 2013 was 7.9 percent, and also increased by one tenth of one percent from the previous month.
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