Nashville (AP) -- Tennessee's unemployment rate declined sharply in September.
It dropped to 4.6% from August's rate of 5.7%.
State officials attributed the lowered rate to the addition of 9,100 jobs in local government education services as school went back into session after the summer break.
Other increases were in state government education services with 5,400 jobs, and educational services employment with 2,300 jobs.
Seasonal decreases took place in leisure and hospitality, and information.
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