TN unemployment rate 5.7 percent in September

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say Tennessee’s unemployment rate for September remained at 5.7 percent for the fourth consecutive month.

Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said Thursday that over the past year, the state’s unemployment rate decreased from 6.6 percent to 5.7 percent, while the national rate declined from 5.9 percent to 5.1 percent.

The number of unemployed individuals in Tennessee is the lowest since February 2008.

Total nonfarm employment increased by 1,900 jobs from August to September.

The largest increases occurred in state government, educational services and professional/business services.