State unemployment rate ticks up

Tennessee jobless mark now at 7.7%

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for January was 7.7 percent, an increase of .10 percent from the December revised rate of 7.6 percent, Karla Davis, commissioner of the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, reported today.

In comparison, the national unemployment rate for January was 7.9 percent, also an increase of .10 percent from the previous month’s figure.

Tennessee’s January unemployment rate is the lowest January rate since 2008.

Year over year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate declined from 8.2 percent to 7.7 percent.

The number of employed persons in the state (approximately 2,891,100) is the highest since December 2007.