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State, national unemployment rates unchanged in Nov.

Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for November was 5.6 percent, unchanged from the October revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for November was 5.0 percent, also unchanged from the prior month.

Economic Summary

· Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate decreased from 6.6 percent to 5.6 percent while the national rate declined from 5.8 percent to 5.0 percent.

· Total nonfarm employment increased 1,000 jobs from October to November. The largest increases occurred in financial activities, manufacturing, and transportation/warehousing/utilities.

· Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 48,600 jobs. The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and leisure/hospitality.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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