Tennessee jobless rate in January holds steady

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee’s unemployment rate for January was unchanged from December at 10.7 percent, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today.

A year ago, the January jobless rate was 9.1 percent.

“The state unemployment rate is holding steady for the month of January,” Labor Commissioner James Neeley said in a prepared statement. “While the unemployment rate continues to be high in Tennessee, we did see a slight increase in employment (+3,400), and two of the three largest gains in employment were in the manufacturing industry.”

Sectors reporting job gains from December to January were plastic and rubber products manufacturing, up 200; fabricated metal products manufacturing, up 200; federal government, up 200

Sectors posting decreases from December to January were trade, transportation and utilities, down by 18,100; leisure and hospitality declined by 11,100 jobs; and professional and business services decreased by 9,900.

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AuH2O writes:

according to the federal government's website, Recovery.gov, the combined total of Stimulus grants, loans and contracts already allocated to Tennessee comes to around $6.022 billion. The Stimulus has not helped the high unemployment rate in our state at all.

kjet writes:

You could be right, but it's also just as likely that the Stimulus $$$ prevented catastrophic unemployment.

Whiskeybates writes:

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No, his claim is based in the assumption that what it is now is the worst it could have been, and unless it gets worse, and then we know whose fault it is and if it gets better it is just because of the private sector catching up from a natural correction.

BeagleGirl writes:

Well that will go up as soon as I go to the SUI office. Just lost my job!

shoes writes:

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Are you that out of touch with reality? This is real life, not some theoretical discussion.

And do you really have to try to turn someone's misfortune into an opportunity to score political points? Then you have a lot in common with Pelosi and Reid and Obama. Meh.

Sorry about the job, BG - hope you find something soon.

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