State jobless rate rises to 8.5%

U.S. unemployment mark is 8.1%

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for August increased to 8.5 percent, up from the July revised rate of 8.4 percent, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis announced today.

A year ago, the state's unemployment rate was 9.2 percent.

The national unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, 0.2 percentage point lower than the July rate.

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