The rate is higher than the national rate of 8.9 percent, which fell from Januarys 9 percent rate.
Some 15,400 Tennesseans entered the workforce last month, and about 10,000 found jobs, Labor Commissioner Karla Davis said. The unemployment rate increase is largely attributable to the remaining 5,000 workers who were unable to find work, she said.
The departments Business Survey showed 35,000 jobs have been created in the past year across a range of industries, Davis said. The year-over-year growth rate of 1.4% shows Tennessee's employers are beginning to regain jobs lost during the recession, she said.
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