TN Unemployment Rate 9.7 Percent in May

Tennessee’s unemployment rate June was 9.8 percent, up from a revised 9.7 percent in May, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday.
The national unemployment rate for June was 9.2 percent, up from 9.1 percent in May.
“The decline in employment combined with a slight expansion in the labor force explains the higher unemployment rate,” Labor Commissioner Karla Davis said in a prepared statement “This is the third month in a row in which the unemployment rate has slightly increased.”
The number of employed Tennesseans decreased by 3,200 from May to June 2011, according to a department survey. The civilian labor force increased by 1,800, and at 3,143,900 is the highest on record.
“The increase in employment levels over the last 12 months is still positive with more than 74,000 jobs gained,” added Davis. “This growth rate of 2.7 percent is much higher than the national employment picture which only grew 0.2 percent from June 2010 to June 2011.”
The leisure and hospitality sector posted the biggest gains from May to June up 4,700 jobs. Mining, logging, and construction was up 1,900; and manufacturing increased by 1,600. Government jobs decreased by 30,800 (mostly due to local government educational service declines; educational services were down by 3,000; and administrative, support and waste services declined by 1,700.
(From the News Sentinel)

Note: Tennessee Democratic Party spokesman Brandon Puttbrese distributed a Haslam-basing statement based on the latest unemployment figures. It’s below.

Tennessee Democratic Party statement:
“This unemployment report is a stark reminder that Governor Haslam is not delivering on his promise to create ‘jobs in every county’.
“The governor and his lobbyist friends promised their plan to protect reckless corporations and CEOs would start putting 300,000 Tennesseans back to work, but we have only seen the opposite and now we have double-digit unemployment in most counties.
“This is Haslam’s economy now, and unfortunately, more Tennesseans are falling out of the middle class as a result of the governor’s do-nothing leadership.”

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