published Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Tennessee jobless rate rises to 8.5 percent in August

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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.

Unemployment in Tennessee rose in August for the fourth consecutive month, pushing the state’s jobless rate four tenths of a percent above the comparable U.S. jobless rate.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today that 8.5 percent of the state’s workers were without jobs during August, up a tenth of a percent from July’s rate.

Total nonfarm employment decreased by 5,100 jobs from July to August, due to cutbacks in local government, manufacturing and trade.

Over the past year, however, Tennessee has added a net 24,600 jobs. A year ago, Tennessee’s jobless rate was 9.1 percent.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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