Cannon County Sees Sharp Increase In Unemployment Rate

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NASHVILLE – Cannon County continues to experience tough economic times.

The county’s unemployment rate jumped sharply in January, from 9.4 percent in December to 11.6 percent, an increase of 2.2 percentage points.

State statistics show Cannon County with a labor workforce of 6,700. Of those, 780 were listed as unemployed in January.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for January was 9.5 percent, up 0.1 from the December rate.  The national unemployment rate for January 2011 was 9.0 percent, 0.4 percentage point lower than the December rate.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for January 2011, released today, show that the rate increased in 95 counties.

Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.7 percent, up from the December rate of 6.2 percent.  Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 23.2 percent, up from 19.7 percent in the previous month, followed by Pickett County at 18.4 percent, up from the December rate of 15.4 percent.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.5 percent, up from 6.8 percent in December.  Hamilton County was 8.7 percent, up from 7.6 percent the previous month.  Davidson County was 8.6 percent, up from 8.1 percent in December, and Shelby County was 10.4 percent, up from 9.4 percent in December.  

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March 10, 2011 at 3:43pm
Cannon County sees a sharp increase in un-employment, but I feel good about it because the news tells me each night we are on the road to recovery!

I can see it just around the bend. Can't you.

I am so glad to see what I was promised two years ago is making such a difference. I look forward to the continued progress!
March 10, 2011 at 6:56pm
There are companies hiring everyday. People are gonna have to quit being picky.
March 11, 2011 at 12:53am
Corey loves to blame it all on the Democrats when it's the Republicans who run the state government in TN. Still awaiting the jobs they said they would be focused on bringing to TN.
March 11, 2011 at 5:56am
I talked to an employer a few weeks ago. He said his profit marginals were such that he could not afford many of those wanting jobs around the county. He finally hired a Hispanic from the Boro. Agreed what he had to offer was high in labor content but even if it were digging ditches, it was honest labor, but no local takers.
March 11, 2011 at 6:40am
blooeyes do you see any mention of either Republican or Democrat in my post? The answer is NO.

That my friend is your post and not mine.

You have no idea who I was referring to and it was meant to be that way because unlike you I don't think the political party I am affiliated with walks on water.

You are one of those who seems to be blind to the reality of your own party and their inadequate ability to live in the real world with the rest of America.

And by the way, Tennessee had a Democratic Governor up until last month, so any jobs you are waiting on were promised by him. No one can create the jobs you are talking about one month into office.

Keep on living in your dream world and think the Democrats are the second coming. The rest of us will live in the world that knows neither party will ever accomplish half of what it is capable of doing because the other one is determined to hold them hostage.
March 11, 2011 at 7:53am
March 11, 2011 at 9:59am
National rate was reported at 8.9% in February 2011.
March 11, 2011 at 3:14pm
Corey, when you state "I am so glad to see what I was promised two years ago is making such a difference. I look forward to the continued progress!" you are trying to be ironic when speaking of the President (who is a Democrat, btw.) Just sayin'..
March 11, 2011 at 5:27pm
We were all promised the moon two years ago by both parties blooeyes not just one.

If your first thought is to blame the Democrats, that is on you!

Once again, get out of the dream world and back to reality, just sayin'.
March 11, 2011 at 9:15pm
As one of our county commissioners said last year, that's good, that means 90.5 percent are working!!!
March 12, 2011 at 6:33am
I hope the Commissioner who said that would be concerned about the 8.9% that aren't working fabfive.

Unfortunately, the unemployment rates have been on the rise for the last couple of years and are steadily hovering between that 8.9% and 10% range on a national level and even higher in small communities like our own.
March 12, 2011 at 8:51pm
Well Corey,I haven't seen that much compassion from Mr. Barker, ever! I do not believe he is concerned for the unemployed or disgruntled unemployed who have given up on ever finding gainful employment. And, let's not forget the working poor!
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