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Tennessee jobless rate increases slightly in May

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's unemployment increased slightly in May, the first increase in two years.

The 7.9% unemployment rate is up from 7.7% in April.

Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis said in a release on Thursday that the increase in the jobless rate is mainly due to people "re-entering the workforce to look for work."

The national unemployment rate for May was 8.2%, 0.1 percentage point higher than the previous month.

Education and health services saw the biggest increase compared with last month, at a growth rate of 1.5%. Next were jobs in mining, logging and construction at 1.2%, and positions in government at 0.2%.

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