Unemployment Down in Most Areas, But Not TN

Excerpt from a Commercial Appeal story:
The best month for private-sector hiring in five years and a pickup in summer jobs helped lower unemployment rates in more than 90 percent of the nation’s largest cities in April.
The unemployment rate fell in 339 metro areas in April, rose in 20 cities and remained unchanged in 13, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It was the most cities to see a decline in a year.
Not one of those cities, however, was in Tennessee.
Nine of the Volunteer State’s 10 metropolitan areas saw the unemployment rate rise in April compared to March:
Chattanooga (from 9.5 percent in March to 9.6 percent in April).
Clarksville (8.2 percent to 8.5 percent).
Jackson (9.6 percent to 10.2 percent).
Johnson City (8.5 percent to 8.8 percent).
Kingsport-Bristol (8.1 percent to 8.2 percent).
Knoxville (7.5 percent to 7.9 percent).
Memphis (9.9 percent to 10.1 percent).
Morristown (11.1 percent to 11.6 percent).
Nashville (8.3 percent to 8.7 percent).
In Cleveland, Tenn., the jobless rate remained unchanged at 9.4 percent.
…Gov. Bill Haslam’s office declined to comment on the figures and referred questions to the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development.
The agency’s spokesman, Jeff Hentschel, said yearlong trends are more important than month-to-month changes, and over the last year Tennessee is showing more employment growth than the nation as a whole.

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