Cannon County's Jobless Rate Rises

NASHVILLE – Cannon County's unemployment rate increase in April, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Cannon's jobless rate went up from 8.8 percent in March to 9.1 percent in April.

State statistics show Cannon County with a labor force of 6,630 in April, of which 600 were unemployed.

Statewide, county non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for April 2011, released Thursday, show that the rate decreased in 46 counties, increased in 41 counties, and stayed the same in eight counties.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for April was 9.6 percent, up 0.1 from the March rate. The national unemployment rate for April 2011 was 9.0 percent, 0.2 percentage point higher than the March rate.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, up from the March rate of 6.1 percent. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 22.1 percent, up from 21.8 percent in the previous month, followed by Marshall County at 14.9 percent, down from the March rate of 15.0 percent.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.7 percent, up from 7.0 percent in March.  Hamilton County was 8.2 percent, up from 8.1 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 8.8 percent, up from 8.3 percent in March, and Shelby County was 10.0 percent, unchanged from their March unemployment rate.