Tennessee’s unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percentage point in September, according to an announcement by state Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate rose from a revised 9.7 percent in August to 9.8 percent in September. September’s rate in Tennessee was higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent for September.
“The unemployment rate rose slightly due to a small decline in employment,” Davis said in a statement released about the numbers. “There were seasonal gains in employment in areas like education, along with losses in leisure and hospitality. The net result was little change in the state’s employment picture.”
From the department:
“Month-to-month increases occurred in government, up 19,500 jobs; educational and health services was up 3,400; and durable goods manufacturing increased by 1,400. From August to September leisure and hospitality decreased by 5,500; administrative, support, and waste services was down 1,000; and merchant wholesalers of nondurable goods declined by 700 jobs.
Year-over-year increases took place in professional and business services, up 7,900 jobs; local government educational services was up 6,400; and educational and health services increased by 6,000. Employment decreases took place in retail trade, which decreased by 4,400; nondurable goods manufacturing was down 1,800; and federal government declined by 1,200.”