State unemployment rate rises

June mark of 8.5% up from May figure of 8.3%

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June was 8.5 percent, up from the May revised rate of 8.3 percent, Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Department Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today.

By comparison, the national unemployment rate for June was 7.6 percent, unchanged from the number of the previous month.

Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate increased from 8.2 percent to 8.5 percent.
In addition, total nonfarm employment decreased 16,500 jobs from May to June.

The largest sector decreases occurred in government, manufacturing, and health care/social assistance.