May jobless rate rises in Chattanooga area to 7.9 percent

May jobless rate rises in Chattanooga area to 7.9 percent

June 27th, 2013 by Dave Flessner in Local - Breaking News

Photo by Laura McNutt/Times Free Press.

Unemployment in metropolitan Chattanooga rose last month by a half percent to 7.9 percent.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today that 20,570 workers in the 6-county Chttanooga metro area were out of work during May.

Chattanooga's jobless rate last month matched metro Cleveland, Tenn., and was 2.8 percent below Dalton's 10.7 percent jobless rate for the month.

The comparable nationwide rate in May was 7.6 percent

Among Tennessee's major metro areas, unemployment was higher last moth in only one other metro area - Memphis, where the May jobless rate rose to 9.5 percent.