Unemployment rates released last week show the jobless rate decreased in 75 counties, increased in 10 counties, and remained the same in 10 counties.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for February fell to 8.0 percent, down from the January revised rate of 8.2 percent. The national unemployment rate for February 2012 was 8.3 percent, unchanged from the January rate.
Moore County’s rate increased to 8.1 percent up from 7.7 percent the previous month.
The four surrounding counties all saw slight decreases.
Bedford County decreased slightly to 9.6 percent from 9.8 percent. Coffee County also saw a decline at 8 percent – down from 8.5 percent. Franklin County dropped to 8.8 percent from 9 percent the previous month. Lincoln County continues to enjoy the third lowest unemployment rate in the state at 6.5 percent. – up slightly from 6.4 percent the previous month.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in January. Davidson County was 7.0 percent, down from 7.1 percent in the previous month. Hamilton County was 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 percent, and Shelby County was 9.2 percent, down from the January unemployment rate of 9.4 percent.