Cannon Unemployment Rate Rises Above 10 Percent

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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. 
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July 30, 2011 at 11:38pm
I'm amazed that there are 18 opinions on the firing of an an employee of a local restaurant, but no one seems to care that the unemployment rate has gone up? What happened to the jobs and better employment outlook our governer and state representatives promised us?
July 31, 2011 at 6:55am

Perhaps you can research the quotes you are referring to and share them with everyone blooeyes because I don't remember either the Governor or any State Representative promising you or anyone else a job.

I do remember them promising to help the local economies they represent, with the input and guidance of the local government officials, to help entice new jobs and industry when possible. Perhaps if you had been at the business forum that was held this past April you would have seen the support your local officials gave to the idea of creating new jobs and industry.

I would suggest you look locally before you start looking elsewhere if you are trying to find a reason why there are no jobs in Cannon County.
July 31, 2011 at 4:01pm
Oh Corey Davenport, I was at the meeting you spoke of in April.

Here's what the Republican party in the Tennessee general assembly have accomplished in the 2011 session:

In 2010, Republicans campaigned on a platform of jobs, jobs, jobs. Less than one year later, the majority party buried its head in the sand and ignored the crisis facing 300,000 Tennesseans looking for work.

Since Republicans took charge, Tennessee’s unemployment rate has climbed to nearly 10 percent — even while across the nation, the jobs picture in 47 states has stabilized or improved. [Bloomberg, 5/20/11]

The response? Republicans systematically killed a dozen Democrat-sponsored jobs bills aimed at boosting the economy, including a popular sales tax holiday for small business purchases.

Then Governor Bill Haslam and Republicans slashed funding and fired 60 business recruiters at the Department of Economic & Community Development — the organization that lured international corporations like Volkswagen, Nissan,, and Hemlock to Tennessee, securing more than 200,000 jobs and $34 billion in economic investment.

And even further, Republicans endangered 3,900 new jobs and potentially two more distribution centers by threatening to renege on agreements made between the state and Amazon.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press:

“Legislators passed not a single bill that would improve job creation or put people back to work… The notion that lawmakers could leave Nashville celebrating such reversals and derogation of the needs of ordinary working people across the state is stunning. The only reason we can be glad that lawmakers finished the session is that it prevents them from wreaking more damage.”

Gov. Bill Haslam made cuts to important health programs while handing out more than $250,000 worth of raises to his top cronies, all of whom already made six-figure salaries. One commissioner even got a 32% raise — in his first week on the job!

LT. GOV. RAMSEY GAVE SECRET PAY RAISES TO STAFFERS, TOO: Not to be outdone by Gov. Haslam, Channel 4 News in Nashville discovered that Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey approved pay increases for 18 senate staffers at the same time salaries were frozen for the other 42,825 state employees

TRIED TO CUT TAXES FOR WEALTHY FRIENDS: Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey filed a bill that would have gave his millionaire friend and campaign donor a $270,000 property tax break on high-end real estate in Rutherford County. [The Daily News Journal, 4/10/2011]

USED TAX DOLLARS TO BUILD ROADS FOR SPECIAL FRIENDS: Days into office, Gov. Haslam brokered a backroom deal to have the Tennessee Department of Transportation build a private road to a well-heeled Republican business owner. Seeing it as a waste of taxpayer money to build a road for the benefit of a single business, Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen refused to pay for the road for six years. [, 4/3/11]


CLASS SIZE INCREASES: Governor Haslam is already on the record of saying he is in favor of lifting the cap on class sizes. To handle more students, all you need is a “great teacher,” Haslam says. As if Tennessee didn’t already have great teachers.

PRIVATE SCHOOL VOUCHERS: Sen. Brian Kelsey sponsored a bill that failed this year to allow taxpayer money to be spent on private schools (including parochial schools), poaching money away from students in public schools.

GUNS ON CAMPUSES: A bill uniformly opposed by ALL Tennessee universities and university police departments would allow guns to be carried on campuses, potentially putting students at risk.

ARIZONA STYLE IMMIGRATION LAWS: We will likely see a new version of House Bill 1380, which was inspired by the controversial Arizona law. The law would give state and local law enforcement officers unprecedented authority over our civil rights by allowing an officer to make a determination if you look like an American. The Arizona law has brought on expensive legal battles and cost the state millions of dollars worth of lost tourism.

A TAKE OVER OF MEDICARE: The state Senate voted recently to take the first step toward ending Medicare as we know it in Tennessee by calling for a radical plan called a “health-care compact.” Such a plan would handover Medicare to the state, potentially leading to thousands of seniors losing benefits, being denied coverage, or simply falling through the cracks.
August 01, 2011 at 6:46am
blooeyes I could waste my time and yours rebutting everything you have said above by giving you examples of the wasteful spending your beloved and perfect Democrats have spent over the many years they were in control of the Governor's office and the State Legislator.

I could give you example after example of the liberal entitlement ideas that they have now decided every single American should be FORCED to have and adopt.

I could give you example after example of corrupt politicians within the Democratic Party who have embezzled money and created "secret" accounts to fund their political gain.

But, I won't. And here is why.

People like yourself who have become obsessed with the idea of the blame game just can't seem to realize that you are as much of the problem as the politicians.

You spend all your time blaming and never contribute anything to solve the problem. The government on any level, whether it be local, state or federal only changes because people decide to make a difference. They don't change because you write a comment on the Courier website, they change because you get out and vote, you attend meetings, you express your ideas for solution, and you volunteer to help. None of which I think you are capable of because it would take effort.

I don't have Republican blinders on. I never have and never will. There are things the Republican Party does, has done and will do that I don't agree with and think they could do better. But in the end, that is the party that best represents my ideals, beliefs and morals that I hold to be true.

As much as you would like to believe and promote the idea that Democrats walk on water, I have some sad news for you. They sink just like the Republicans do. Neither one is perfect and neither one has all the solutions or all of the answers. Too much time is spent on bickering about useless non-sense to actually accomplish much anymore. I see you have fallen into that black hole as well.

If you choose to continue complain, cry, moan and groan and have no solutions, make no effort to change your community or lead by example then you are as much the problem as the one you complain about.

By the way, what you blab about up above has no impact on the creation of jobs in Cannon County, it has no impact on why there is no industry here and it has no impact on why there is no plans for future growth in our schools systems.

All that is determined locally and not on a State level. So once again, instead of blaming people who have no control over the problems we face here, I suggest you look locally for solutions and quit wasting your time on the internet looking up articles to try and support your arguments when they have no merit toward your original statement.
August 01, 2011 at 10:14pm
Kind of harsh don't you think Corey? Seems harsh when you don't even know this person. You asked for examples..they gave you some. I believe we should look at all levels of government when it comes to the problems of jobs in Cannon County.
August 02, 2011 at 1:47pm
TnT it was not meant to be disrespectful to blooeyes in any way, but this is not the first time we have had conversations around the blame game. If you knew more of the history you would understand more of why the blame games are useless in my opinion.

Also, I did not ask for examples of things that were wrong with the Republican or Democratic Party if you will read it carefully. I asked for the quotes blooeyes was referring to when she said the Governor and the State Representatives promised everyone a job.

Lastly, I can somewhat agree with the idea that you could look at all levels of government when it comes to problems in Cannon County, IF and only IF, the local government truly wanted help in solving them.

That in my opinion is the problem. The idea of change, the idea of something new, the idea that we could help the county if we looked internally vs. outward and the idea that Cannon County or Woodbury might look a little different than it did 50 years ago is extremely difficult for our officials to accept or work toward.

No one on any state or federal level will ever change that or help that until our local government decides to change it. You know that, I know that, blooeyes knows that and everyone else knows that.
August 10, 2011 at 8:57pm
I have the solution-We get rid of Obama by not voting for him in the next election and send all the illegals PACKING back to where they came from, instead of them taking jobs AMERICAN people could be working at!!!
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