Davidson County unemployment rate rises from July to August

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 3:09pm
Staff reports

Davidson County’s unemployment rate was 8.8 percent in August, up from 8.5 percent in July but still lower than the statewide average of 9.7 percent, according to figures released Thursday.

Across the state, the rate decreased in 57 counties, increased in 28 counties and stayed the same in 10 counties, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.7 percent, up from 7.5 percent in July. Hamilton County was 8.6 percent, up from 8.4 percent the previous month. Shelby County was

10.4 percent, down from the July unemployment rate of 10.5 percent.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.4 percent, up from the July rate of 6.2 percent, followed by Williamson County at 6.8 percent, up from 6.7 percent.

Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.7 percent, down from 19.8 percent in the previous month, followed by Obion County at 17.2, up from 11.4 percent in July.


6 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 9/22/11 at 1:20

The state is increasing in umemployed. I thought that the GOP knew how to produce jobs. How long has Gov. Bredesen been out of office? When the GOP takes over, everything falls apart.

By: TharonChandler on 9/22/11 at 9:40

Being from the South and from hot- humid Tennessee we always liked to enjoy cold drinks as do they also now here in the Philippines. I remember in the old days we had the 'cola wars' where we could spell "Coke is It" in bottle-caps and could win $5,000. Yet there was always one letter missing like when they came out with "Pepsi Ove_ Coke"; it was the R that was always missing. People drank more of "Sun-Drop" in those days and that drink didn't need any extra-advertisement, not until they made it illegal. A lot of the cool young men would work for the cola-companies; driving the Trucks and stocking shelves. One of the older guys i still like tho i don't also like one of my cousins, in the biz.

Now I know that in West Tennessee, in good towns such as Burns and Bartlett and Bolivar there are some good men and many Pretty women and one of the guys is Dale Carter; a cousin of former President Jimmy Carter, of Georgia, USA. Dale works for Coka-Cola and is also a Tennessee State Representative, of West Tennessee and serving in Nashville. He would be proud of my freinds here in de Fils who always drink Coke; not Pepsi. Pepsi is like a poor step-child/ cousin here in de Fils. My cousin Johnny works for Pepsi in Tennessee and i don't care for either one of those.

By: T-BONE on 9/23/11 at 8:23

When are you going to figure out that the CORPORATE OWNED REPUBLICANS don't give a "FLYING FU#K" about you!... Just ask your two multi-millionaire SENATORS (bought and paid for!) They get their "MARCHING ORDERS" from Corporate America...$ucker$

By: Community-carl-... on 9/23/11 at 9:33

Oh, T-BONE, you are so misguided, obscene, and judgemental.

I would be the first to agree that the U.S. politcal system desperately needs a major
overhaul. And corporate greed is definitely a major problem. However, the root of all our national problems is the ongoing political gridlock that continues to waste the time and resources of the U S citizens.

The Republicans support the ideals of smaller government and free enterprise while the Democrates advocate bigger government and buy votes by giving away often underved entitlements funded with monies borrowed from future generations.

Clearly, there is a need for compromise, but the politicians are so busy watching out for their own personal best interests, they are ignoring the impending doom
that is coming for the US and its citizens.

By: american1974 on 9/23/11 at 9:52

-The state has little to do with unemployment and can do very little against federal laws, regulations, socialist programs that drain the ability for the country to compete with a world economy.
-Because the Federal Reserve exists, the economy expands and bursts every 30-40 years.
-The Federal Reserve was created by the richest of the rich to preserve the existence of the big bank and not allow them to fail in 1913.
-Our current crises stems back to Clinton passing the Fair Housing Act that gave bank quotas to hand out so many risky mortgages to unqualified families. Fannie and Freddie which are quasi government organizations would buy up the bad mortgages allowing the bank to meet their quotas.
-Mortgage Bank Securities were insurance policies applied to all of the mortgages that were bought as investments.
-When people realized what was going on, they dumped their stocks realizing none of these mortgages were going to be paid.(The housing bust) Thus the MBS's had to be paid on all the failed loans and we had the banking crisis.
-Before the Fed was created Banks could not give out loans for money they did not have. Federal Reserve Act only allows a bank to have 10% of the loan. Thus they make interest off of the 90% they don't have,
-In times past, we did not have to compete with the rest of the world. Thus the Fed was just print more money and we would have another artificial bubble until the next burst. This time is different. America can no longer compete with the rest of the world with companies forced to pay 4-6 cents on the dollar to match
Social Security, with Medicare, Regulations, Laws, minimum wage that foster a non-free market. Companies(who are owned by anyone with a 401-k), must compete with other companies and are not able to open up factories in America
and compete. That is reality.
I personally desire an Agrarian society with no big corporations, no fiat money, little
government with a free society, free market and bartering. However because the Fed exists, because we have been on a non-agrarian progressive industrial path for 100 years, with inflation for 100 years, there is not much turning back.
Democrats rely on the Fed to push their progressive government agenda and corporations to push their industrial progressive agenda. Both parties are progressive, both rely on the fed, neither represent liberty or freedom.
Money can only be printed by demand and representation of labor. Government intervention in anything from housing, to labor, education is a recipe for disaster, as we see now.
The Anti-Federalist were right

By: titansjoe on 9/24/11 at 9:34

American 1974

Although I agree with you on a few of your points over all I think your just plain mislead. I would think communist China might be considered somewhat socialist. At this time they are the fastest growing economy in the world. The reason for that is because very treasonous American companies chose to move American industries and technology to a communist country because the people in that very inhumane country would work for less. This was made possible thanks to NAFTA. A republican sponsored bill that was signed by Clinton. With no tariff charges it became more profitable for American companies to move there even though our economy at the time was booming. Wealthy companies and business men are leaving their money in China because our taxes are higher than China's.

The American dollar continues to leave America by the trillions headed for China and Mexico mainly. Before Nafta the cash was rolling "into" America which made us the strongest country in the world.

Ask yourself a few questions. Who is gaining from all that has been happening in the past 20 to 30 years? Who is gaining by The NAFTA agreement? Is it truly corporations or is it the middle class and poor? Why do our politicians ignore the fact that social security has made loans to the U.S government that hasn't been paid back? How can social security ever be called a ponzi scheme when our country is always growing its population which contributes to the fund? Do you think that just maybe corporations have always added the cost they pay in social security to their products just as they do wages and any other cost? When corporations began using the cheaper China labor and lower tax rate, did you notice a sharp decrease in the cost of the goods they are selling in America? Why do you think the government is always protecting illegal aliens in our country? By allowing ilegal aliens to almost freely enter and stay in our country, do you think that just maybe it is causing harm to the livelyhood of most Americans? Who stands to gain the most by supporting illegal aliens? Who can afford to influence our elected officials on all the questions I have asked? Corporations and the people whom run them are willing to let our country go to hell as long as they are wealthy and powerful when it happens. That is reality!

When social security began there were weathy business owners that owned complete towns which surrounded their industry. they owned the banks, the stores and the homes that were rented by the workers. They built, owned and controlled even the churches. When mom and dad got too old to work they were forced to live with their children which was a burden to both mom and dad and the young couple trying to feed their own children. The companies could and would work employees 10 to 16 hours per day and as many days in a row as they chose. Working conditions were horrible and pay was pitiful. Social Security was never meant to be a hand out and it isn't a hand out. It has been mismanaged and borrowed from without repayment. The corporations would love to end Social Security because it would be more money in their pockets. If you think people are safer putting their money in money markets and stocks, maybe you should check with some of those folk that are greeting you at Walmart. See how well it worked out for them.

one thing you are very right about..............both parties are to blame, because they have been bought by the same people.