published Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Tennessee joblessness drops slightly

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    Timothy Goines, left, has help from Adrian Craighead while looking for jobs on the computer at the Tennessee Employment Service Office at Eastgate Center in Brainerd in this file photo.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for October fell to 8.2 percent, down from the September revised rate of 8.3 percent.

The national unemployment rate for October was 7.9 percent, up from 7.8 in September.

Tennessee’s October unemployment rate is the lowest rate since June, according to Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis.

Total nonfarm employment increased 7,500 jobs from September to October, with increases in leisure/hospitality and professional/business services. There were declines in government and mining/logging/construction.

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