More Cannon Countians are out of work, according to the latest figures from the state. The county unemployment rate for November is 8.8 percent…up from 7.7 percent in October. The county workforce totals 6,860 people…and 6,260 of them currently have jobs. That gives Cannon County the highest unemployment rate in the immediate area. Warren County is the next highest, unchanged at 8.6 percent. Dekalb County’s unemployment rate is eight percent, up from 7.3 percent. Rutherford County’s jobless rate is 6.7 percent, up from six percent, and Coffee County is unchanged at 6.5 percent. Wilson County has the lowest jobless rate of the immediate area, at 5.8 percent, but that rate is up two-tenths of percent from October.
The state’s unemployment rate for November is 6.9 percent, one-tenth percentage point lower than the October rate of 7.0 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of November was 6.7 percent.
County jobless rates for November 2008 show that 20 counties decreased. The rate increased in 62 counties and remained the same in 13 counties. Williamson County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 4.6 percent. Perry County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18.8 percent, followed by Scott County at 14.3 percent.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 5.2 percent. Davidson County was 5.5 percent, unchanged from the previous month. Hamilton County was at 5.8 percent, down 0.3 percentage point from the October rate, and Shelby County was 6.8 percent, down from the October rate of 7.1.