Jobless Figure: Cannon County No Better Off Than A Year Ago

When it comes to the percentage of people who are unemployed, Cannon County is no better off than it was a year ago.

The unemployment rate for Cannon County in November of this year was 10.1 percent, just a tick higher than November of 2009, when it stood at 10.2 percent.

Statistics released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show Cannon County with an estimated workforce of 6,660. Of those, 680 are listed as unemployed.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November was 9.4 percent, unchanged from the October rate.  The national unemployment rate for November 2010 was 9.8 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from the October rate.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for November 2010, released today, show that the rate increased in 85 counties, decreased in eight counties and remained the same in two counties.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.3 percent, up from the October rate of 6.0 percent.  Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.9 percent, up from 18.9 percent in the previous month, followed by Marshall County at 16.2 percent, up from the October rate of 15.4 percent.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.2 percent, up from 7.0 percent in October.  Hamilton County was 8.1 percent, up from 7.8 percent the previous month.  Davidson County was 8.7 percent, unchanged from the previous month, and Shelby County was 9.9 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from October.