Government job cuts push TN unemployment higher

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A big drop in government jobs helped push unemployment higher in Tennessee, according to new numbers released by the Tennessee Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development (TDEC). Unemployment in June rose two-tenths of a point to 8.1%, while the national rate held steady at 8.2 percent.

Led by losses in the education field, more than 15,000 government jobs were cut last month, erasing the gains made by the private sector. TDEC reports that government education jobs combined with other educational services cost the state more 17,400 jobs.

Elsewhere, the Manufacturing and Professional/Business services sectors posted the biggest gains, adding 11,000 and 10,300 jobs respectively.

At this time last year, Tennessee unemployment stood at 9.4%

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