Tennessee Jobless Rate Falls 0.4 Percent In December - NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

Tennessee Jobless Rate Falls 0.4 Percent In December

Posted: Updated:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's unemployment rate fell 0.4 percent in December to 8.7 percent, the lowest in three years.

State officials said Thursday that 11,200 people gained employment last month over November when the rate was 9.1 percent.

From November to December, professional and business services increased 5,400 jobs; durable goods manufacturing was up 1,000 jobs; and clothing and accessories stores rose by 700 jobs.

Losing jobs were leisure and hospitality, down 3,500; state government educational services, down 2,500; and mining, logging and construction, down 1,900.

It's the lowest rate since December 2008 when the figure was 8.4 percent.

The national figure for last month was 8.5 percent, down 0.2 percent.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 NewsChannel 5 (WTVF-TV) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.