State unemployment rate rises to 8.5 percent

6:21 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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Tennessee's unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent for June, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, a slight increase from the previous month.    

Over the past year, the state's unemployment rate has risen from 8.2 percent to 8.5 percent.    

From May to June 2013, Tennessee's total nonfarm employment decreased by about 16,500 jobs. The largest decreases occurred in government, manufacturing, and health care/social assistance.  

State officials said the rate was also affected by temporary education layoffs.    

Tennessee's unemployment figures remain higher than the national rate, which for June 2013 was 7.6 percent.

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