Unemployment rate dips slightly in September

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Lake County’s unemployment rate has continued to improve, although only slightly.

Unemployment was down to 4.8 percent in September. It was 4.9 in August of this year. This is from a labor force of 1,762.

Similarly, surrounding counties saw improved unemployment rates. Obion County’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.4 percent in August to 4 percent in September.

Dyer County’s unemployment rate also dropped, going from 5 percent in August to 4.7 percent in September.

This is part of a statewide trend. Nearly every county in the state saw an improvement in unemployment rates in September. One county’s unemployment rate stayed the same, while four counties saw an increase.

“While it is never good to have unemployment increase in even one county, it is encouraging to see unemployment showing signs of progress in many of the state’s distressed counties,” said Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Jeff McCord.

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