October unemployment drops to 8.2 percent

October unemployment drops to 8.2 percent

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased slightly in October.

Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis said in a news release Thursday that October's rate was 8.2%, down from 8.3% in September.

She said the October rate is the lowest since June.

The national unemployment rate for October was 7.9%, 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the previous month.

In Tennessee, total nonfarm employment rose by 7,500 jobs from September to October, with increases in leisure/hospitality and professional/business services. There were declines in government and mining/logging/construction.

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