Montgomery County unemployment rate rises to 8 percent

Clarksville, TN – Montgomery County now has the eighth lowest unemployment rate in Tennessee. Department of Labor and Communications Director Jeff Hentschel (HEN-shul) says it rose from 7.5 percent in January to 8.1 percent last month. This is nearly three points higher than the 5.5 percent unemployment rate recorded in February 2008. However, it still ranks lower than the 9.1 percent rate statewide. Last month, 5,320 people were out of work in the Clarksville area alone.