More People Are Working,
But Total Local Workforce
Was Larger In October
Although the number of people working in Greene County actually rose in October from the September number, the county's unemployment rate rose in October, increasing to 10.4 percent from 10.0 percent in September.
The local jobless rate bucked a statewide trend in which the unemployment in the state was slightly less in October than in September, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.
The department's monthly report was released on Wednesday.
Statewide, the October jobless rate was 8.2 percent, slightly down from 8.3 percent in September.
The U.S. unemployment rate in October was 7.9 percent, up slightly from the 7.8 percent in September but still below the 8.1 percent in August.
Of the seven nearby counties Cocke, Hawkins, Sevier, Sullivan, and Washington all experienced increased unemployment, with only Hamblen and Unicoi posting improved unemployment numbers.
Greene County's unemployment rate has been in double-digits in all but two months since December 2008. Those two months were April and May of this year.
Greene County's unemployment rate a year ago, in October 2011, was 10.6 percent.
The latest statistics report Greene County as having 27,710 persons employed in October, and 3,210 unemployed, in a total labor force of 30,920.
Greene County during September had 27,640 employed and 3,070 unemployed in a total labor force of 30,710.
That means there were actually 70 more persons employed in the county during October than in the previous month, according to the latest data.
But there were also 140 more persons unemployed in October than in September, according to the latest report.
The total work force in October, employed and unemployed combined, increased by 210 persons.
Here are the jobless rates in nearby East Tennessee counties in October, and the county-by-county change in those counties:
* Cocke County, 10.3 percent, up from 10.0 percent in September, which was revised from 10.1 percent;
* Hamblen County, 9.2 percent, down from 9.4 percent in September, which was revised from 9.5 percent;
* Hawkins County, 8.0 percent, up from 7.6 percent in September;
* Sevier County, 7.4 percent, up from 7.3 percent in September;
* Sullivan County, 6.6 percent, up from 6.4 percent in September;
* Unicoi County, 8.4 percent, down from 8.6 percent in September, and
* Washington County, 6.5 percent, up from 6.4 percent in September.
THE PAST YEAR
Here are the Greene County unemployment rates in each month for the past year, beginning with October 2012:
* 10.4 percent in October;
* 10.0 percent in September;
* 11.0 percent in August;
* 11.6 percent in July;
* 11.3 percent in June;
* 9.6 percent in May;
* 9.5 percent in April;
* 10.6 percent in March;
* 11.1 percent in February;
* 11.3 percent in January;
* 10.8 percent in December 2011;
* 10.3 percent in November 2011;
Unemployment numbers for Greeneville and Greene County are counted together.
Here are the October unemployment rates in Greene County in recent years:
* 10.4 percent in October 2012;
* 10.6 percent in October 2011;
* 11.1 percent in October 2010;
* 11.6 percent in October 2009;
* 9.1 percent in October 2008;
* 6.1 percent in October 2007;
* 5.8 percent in October 2006;
* 7.1 percent in October 2005;
* 6.5 percent in October 2004;
* 5.8 percent in October 2003, and
* 4.9 percent in October 2002.
STATE'S LARGEST CITIES
The October unemployment rates in Tennessee's largest cities were:
* Chattanooga, 8.3 percent, up from 8.0 percent in September;
* Knoxville, 7.1 percent, up from 7.0 percent in September;
* Memphis, 9.7 percent, up from 9.5 percent in September; and
* Nashville, 6.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent in September, which was revised from 6.4 percent.
The October unemployment rates in nearby smaller cities were:
* Bristol, 6.2 percent, up from 6.0 percent in September;
* Johnson City, 6.4 percent, up from 6.3 percent in September;
* Kingsport, 7.3 percent, up from 7.0 percent in September; and
* Morristown, 10.0 percent, down from 10.1 percent in September.
HIGHEST AND LOWEST
Scott County, north of Knoxville and bordering Kentucky, had the state's highest county unemployment rate in October, at 16.4 percent.
Lincoln County, south of Nashville and bordering Alabama, had the state's lowest county unemployment rate in October, with 5.1 percent.
-- Sun Editor John M. Jones Jr. and Staff Writer Kristen Buckles contributed to this story.