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VOL. 126 | NO. 14 | Friday, January 21, 2011

State Notes Employment Growth Over Past Year

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NASHVILLE (AP) – New state Labor Commissioner Karla Davis says employment growth is keeping Tennessee's jobless rate down from a year ago.

She commented Thursday as the state reported a 9.4 percent unemployment rate for December, unchanged from November. The figure was 10.9 percent in December a year ago.

Davis noted that the state rate has been unchanged since September, and there has been growth over the last year "across a diverse range of industries."

The state said in a news release that there were job gains in December in professional, scientific, and technical services; trade, transportation, and utilities; and general merchandise stores. There were job losses in educational and health services; manufacturing; and mining and construction.

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PROPERTY SALES 56 212 11,977
MORTGAGES 68 295 15,645
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 57 3,080
BUILDING PERMITS 0 606 28,832
BANKRUPTCIES 81 291 11,598
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 102 4,257
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 89 428 17,611
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 81 3,645

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