Tennessee's unemployment rate rose 0.2 percent in June to 8.1 percent.
Karla Davis, commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development, said Thursday the June figure was the highest since January. But it was substantially below the 9.4 percent in June a year ago.
Government and educational services combined declined by 17,400 jobs. After seasonal adjustments, total jobs (excluding agriculture) decreased by 12,100.
The national jobless rate for June was 8.2 percent. Tennessee has been below the national figure for six months.