By Duane Marsteller | The Tennessean
Tennessee's unemployment rate rose for the third consecutive month as the state lost jobs in March, according to figures released today.
An estimated 7.9 percent of Tennesseans were jobless last month, up 0.1 percentage points from February, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said.
It was the third straight month that Tennessee's rate had ticked up by 0.1 points. Despite that, it still was the state's lowest March rate in five years.
But Tennessee continued to have deeper unemployment than the nation as a whole, where the March jobless rate was 7.6 percent.
The state lost 6,600 non-farm jobs last month, primarily in the professional/business services and leisure/hospitality sectors, the state agency said.