State jobless rate drops to 8.3%

Mark had been 8.5% in August

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for September decreased to 8.3 percent, down from the August revised rate of 8.5 percent, state Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis announced today

In contrast, the national unemployment rate for September was 7.8 percent, 0.3 percentage point lower than the August rate.

Over the past 12 months, Tennessee’s unemployment rate declined from 9.1 percent to 8.3 percent, while the national rate declined from 9 percent to 7.8 percent.