After experiencing a drop of over 300 jobs from May to June, Jefferson County saw its unemployment rate increase by one full percentage point – from 3.4 to 4.4 percent.

Reports from the Tennessee Department of Labor last week show that the number of employed Jefferson County residents changed from 24,067 in May to 23,756 in June – a difference of 311 workers. At the same time, the county’s labor force declined by 50 workers, resulting in the increased unemployment rate.

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