Unemployment in Hamilton County rose last month to its highest level in six months.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today that the jobless rate in Hamilton County jumped from 6.2 percent in May to 7.2 percent last month as students and new graduates entered the labor force and seasonal changes cut some other jobs.
Across Tennessee, the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose in all 95 counties.
Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in June at 6 percent, up from 5.2 in May. Knox County was 6.3 percent in June, up from 5.3 in May. Shelby County was 8.8 percent in June, up from 7.5 in May.
The Tennessee unemployment rate for June was 6.6 percent, up from 6.4 in May; the U.S. rate was 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 in May.
The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.
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 ...