Tennessee’s unemployment rate decreased slightly in September, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, said Thursday.

The seasonally adjusted rate of 3.4% is 0.1 of a percentage point lower than the revised August rate of 3.5%. 

In a year-to-year comparison, Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate mirrored the rate from September 2018.

Total nonfarm employment increased 3,700 jobs between August and September. The largest increases occurred in the leisure/hospitality sector, followed by the professional/business services and other services sectors.

The September seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the U.S. dropped to 3.5%, 0.2 of a percentage point lower that August’s revised rate of 3.7%. The national rate for September is 0.2 of a percentage point lower that it was in 2018.

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