Davidson County unemployment rate rises to 7.1%

State mark now at 8.5%

Davidson County had the lowest June unemployment rate of the state’s four major metropolitan areas, with its 7.1 percent mark, according to figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Still, the jobless mark for the county was up from 6.7 percent in May.

The Knox County (Knoxville) rate increased to 7.3 from 6.8 percent. Hamilton County (Chattanooga) saw its mark at 8.8 percent, up from 8.2 percent in the previous month. The Shelby County (Memphis) rate was 10.3 percent, up from 9.7 percent in May.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for June was 8.5 percent, which increased 0.2 from the May revised rate of 8.3 percent. The national unemployment rate for June 2013 was 7.6 percent, unchanged from the figure of the previous month.

Unemployment rates for June show the rate increased in 91 Tennessee counties and remained the same in four counties.