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September unemployment drops to 8.3%

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased slightly in September.

Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis said in a news release Thursday that September's rate was 8.3%, down from 8.5% in August.

She said the September rate is the lowest since June.

The national unemployment rate for September was 7.8%, 0.3%age point lower than the previous month.

In Tennessee, total nonfarm employment rose by 3,300 jobs from August to September, with increases in government and education/health services.

There were declines in trade/transportation/utilities and accommodation/food services.

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