Tennessee jobless rate rises to 6.6 percent

Tennessee jobless rate rises to 6.6 percent

State rate above 6.1 percent U.S. rate in June

July 17th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Tennessee shed 2,600 jobs across the state last month, boosting the state's unemployment by two tenths of a percent to 6.6 percent.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today that Tennessee's jobless rate in June remained above the U.S. rate of 6.1 percent.

Over the past year, Tennessee has still added 53,600 jobs and cut its unemployment rate from 8.4 percent in June 2013 to 6.6 percent last month. The state's biggest job gains over the past year came in professional services, health care, construction, manufacturing and trade and transportation. Government employment was down by 6,700 jobs in the past year, however.