jobless rate http://wkms.org en Obion County Unemployment Rate Improves http://wkms.org/post/obion-county-unemployment-rate-improves <p>Obion County is no longer among the top-10 Tennessee counties with the highest&nbsp; unemployment rates.</p><p>The state’s April job figures indicate that, for the first time in almost two years, the county’s 11.5 percent jobless rate is just outside the worst in the state.</p><p>Obion’s higher percentages are due mainly to the <a href="http://news.wkms.org/post/goodyear-shutting-down">Goodyear plant closure</a> in Union City two years ago. The tire manufacturer was the county’s largest employer with almost 2,000 jobs.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 15:12:37 +0000 Austin Ramsey 31772 at http://wkms.org Obion County Unemployment Rate Improves Discouraged Workers Expected to Come Back to Kentucky Labor Market http://wkms.org/post/discouraged-workers-expected-come-back-kentucky-labor-market <p></p><p>Kentucky’s unemployment rate dropped below 9 percent for the first time in three years in 2012. Since then it’s averaged 8.4 percent. But the job market has grown more than that number suggests.</p><p>As of the end of November, Kentucky had added 35,000 new jobs in 2012. Kentucky Office of Employment and Training economist Manoj Shanker says that’s a huge number. But he says unemployment rates haven’t dropped very quickly because as news gets better, people who haven’t been looking start re-entering the workforce.&nbsp; Mon, 24 Dec 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Angela Hatton 26001 at http://wkms.org Discouraged Workers Expected to Come Back to Kentucky Labor Market