State jobless rate rises to 8.4%

July number revised from 8.1%

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for July increased to 8.4 percent, up from the June revised rate of 8.1 percent, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis announced today.

The national unemployment rate for July 2012 was 8.3 percent, 0.1 percentage point higher than the June rate.

Tennessee’s July unemployment rate is the highest since December 2011, but is still 1 percent below the figure of one year ago.

Total nonfarm employment increased 6,400 jobs from June to July. There were increases in local government, education/health services and durable goods manufacturing

Compared to July 2011 numbers, nonfarm employment increased 32,900 jobs, with rises in durable goods manufacturing, government, and health care/social assistance.