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Unemployment rate drops in Moore County

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

Moore County’s unemployment rate in November dropped 1.6 percent and was just below the state average of 6.9 percent according to the latest preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The unemployment rate in Moore County was 6.0 percent during the Month of November. October’s rate was 7.6 percent. The rate is based on an available work force of 3,260, which means there were 190 unemployed here last month.

The rate is also slightly down from this same period a year ago; the unemployment rate for November 2011 was 6.6 percent.

Among the seven counties in its local Workforce Investment Area (WIA), Moore County ranked second in lowest unemployment rate. Local Workforce Investment Areas are clusters of counties whose labor market and other employment related factors are similar as determined by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Moore County is grouped with Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln and Warren counties.

Lincoln County has the lowest unemployment rate at 4.8 percent. Moore County is next, followed by Franklin County at 6.4 percent and Coffee County at 7.2 percent. Bedford County (7.8 percent), Grundy County (8.7) and Warren County (8.8) complete the local WIA list.

Lincoln County’s unemployment rate is also the second lowest in the state, behind only Williamson County (4.4 percent). Lincoln County and Williamson County are the only two in the state below 5 percent.

The figures were released on Dec. 27, exactly two weeks after representatives from the International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 2285 and Goodman Company, L.P. — one of the largest employers in Fayetteville — announced an end to a five-day strike that affected approximately 1,100 workers at the Goodman facility in Fayetteville.

Union members voted on Dec. 13 and approved a negotiated agreement between the two groups. The strike came to a swift end and employees were able to return to their scheduled shifts.

The end of the strike was welcome news for both Goodman — which has manufactured residential and commercial heating and cooling systems at the Fayetteville facility since 1968 — and its employees.

The November unemployment rate in Lincoln County is 2.1 percent below the state average and 2.6 percent below the national average.

Moore County’s unemployment rate is tied with Robertson County as the 13th lowest in the state. The state’s five lowest county unemployment rates for November are Williamson County (4.4), Lincoln County (4.8), Knox County (5.2), Blount County (5.2) and Rutherford County (5.3).

The state’s highest unemployment rate in November was in Scott County, which is 60 miles north of Knoxville. The unemployment rate there was 15.3 percent, more than double the state average. Following Scott County with the highest county unemployment rates were Obion County (12.3), Lauderdale County (11.8), Pickett County (11.2) and Weakley County (10.9).

 

By ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor (mcnpub@lcs.net)

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