Unemployment rises in June in Tennessee and Georgia

June unemploymentTennessee - 6.6 percent, up from 6.4 percent in MayGeorgia - 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in MayU.S. average - 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent in May

Tennessee and Georgia lost a net 20,600 jobs last month, boosting the unemployment rate in both states above the national average.

The jobless rate during June rose by two-tenths of a percent in Tennessee to 6.6 percent and increased by two-tenths of a percent in Georgia to 7.4 percent

In contrast to the job losses in Tennessee and Georgia, U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs during June to cut the national jobless rate to 6.1 percent -- the lowest rate since September 2008.

"The U.S. as a whole has now gained back all of the jobs lost during the recession, but we're still not back to where we once were in Tennessee," said Matt Murray, associate director at the University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research.