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Tennessee's Unemployment Rate for March Decreased to 6.3%

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 09:15am

LOWEST STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SINCE MAY 2008


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for March was 6.3 percent, three-tenths of one percentage point lower than the February revised rate of 6.6 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for March was 5.5 percent, unchanged from the prior month.

Economic Summary

  • Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate declined from 6.4 percent to 6.3 percent while the national rate declined from 6.6 percent to 5.5 percent.
  • Total nonfarm employment decreased 4,400 jobs from February to March. The largest decreases occurred in accommodation/food services, trade/transportation/utilities, and mining/logging/construction.
  • Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 49,300 jobs. The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and education/health services.

 

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