Cannon Unemployment Rate Rises Above 10 Percent

The unemployment rate in Cannon County rose above the 10 percent mark in June, according to the latest statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

Cannon's jobless rate in June was 10.2 percent, up from 9.7 percent in May. By comparision, the rate in June of 2010 was 9.4 percent, indicating the jobless picture has worsened over the last year.'

Cannon County had a labor workforce of 6,840 in June, state statistics show, with 6,140 employed, leaving 700 jobless.

Statewide, county non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for June 2011, released today show that the rate increased in 91 counties. The four counties that decreased were DeKalb, Hawkins, Moore and Smith.

Tennessee’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 9.8 percent, up slightly from the May revised rate of 9.7. The national unemployment rate for June 2011 was 9.2 percent, up from the May revised rate of 9.1 percent.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.8 percent, up from the May rate of 6.1 percent, followed by Williamson County at 7.2 percent, up from 6.6 percent. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 20.9 percent, up from 20.7 percent in the previous month, followed by Lauderdale County at 15.7 percent, up from 14.9 percent in May.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.0 percent, up from 7.4 percent in May. Hamilton County was 9.2 percent, up from 8.2 percent the previous month.  Davidson County was 9.1 percent, up from 8.5 percent in May, and Shelby County was 11.1 percent, up from the May unemployment rate of 10.0 percent.