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Tennessee's unemployment rate fell slightly in July, still 6 percent higher than pre-COVID-19 levels

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  New figures from the state Department of Labor show Tennessee’s unemployment rate fell slightly in July.

The jobless rate currently stands at 9.5 percent, down one-tenth percent from June.

Compare that to July of last year when the unemployment rate stood at 3.4 percent.

State officials say Tennessee created just 600 jobs in all of July. The hardest hit employment sectors continue to be manufacturing, leisure, hospitality, professional and business services.

The national jobless rate currently stands at 10.2 percent, down 0.9 percent from June.

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