Mar 6 2009
07:20 am

Tennessee's unemployment rate in January was 8.6%, up from 7.6% in December and 5.3% in January of 2008. The national unemployment rate in January was 7.6%.

Area unemployment rates:

• Anderson County: 8.4%
• Blount County: 9.2%
• Knox County: 6.6%
• Loudon County: 7.9%
• Union County: 9.5%


Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is from Blount County where unemployment hit 9.2%, voted against the stimulus bill that provides additional unemployment benefits. So did Rep. John Duncan, who represents Blount, Knox and Loudon counties. So did Rep. Zach Wamp, who represents Anderson and Union counties.

Gov. Bredesen considered rejecting unemployment benefits included in the stimulus package.

State Rep. Brian Kelsey (R-Memphis) introduced HR150 urging the governor "to refuse to accept certain funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act related to unemployment insurance benefits." The bill is cosponsored by:

• Harry Brooks (R-Knoxville)
• Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville)
• Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville)
• Eric Watson (R-Cleveland)
• Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet)
• Eric Swafford (R-Pikeville)
• Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville)
• Richard Floyd (R-Chattanooga)
• Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol)
• Joe Carr (R-Lascassas)
• Jimmy Eldridge (R-Jackson)
• Tony Shipley (R-Kingsport)
• Vance Dennis (R-Savannah)
• Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough)
• Glen Casada (R-Franklin)
• Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga)
• Mike Bell (R-Riceville)
• Joey Hensley (R-Howenwald)
• Phillip Johnson (R-Pegram)
• Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville)
• Jimmy Matlock (R-Lenoir)
• Curtis Halford (R-Dyer)
• Beth Harwell (R-Nashville)

gonzone's picture

Bad news

The BLS U6 rates for the nation are at 14.6% unemployment.

I consider the U6 to be a more accurate indicator of true rates, has less "cheating".

I'm left wondering, with the recent TV interview in mind, just how many of these unemployed actually supported and still support policies and politicians who are at least partly responsible for their unemployment.

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

lovable liberal's picture


These Republicans and DINOs are saying: We can't let government succeed at helping people or they might come to expect it.

Liberty and justice for all.

My home

StaceyDiamond's picture

extra benefits

The extra 25$ a week will come to the Tn. unemployed next week, backdated for two weeks. When unemployed an extra 100$ a month is pretty big.

bizgrrl's picture

When unemployed an extra

When unemployed an extra 100$ a month is pretty big.


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