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  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims for Tennessee changed little in October, increasing to 4,571 per week from 4,507 in September. The trend declined slightly. Initial claims remain very low for the state. [graph]
  • Permits issued for single-family home construction for Tennessee declined to 1,575 units in September, following a very strong figure for August. The September figure is much more in line with the levels in June and July. Over the year, single-family permits are up 12.3%, but total permits (including multifamily homes) are 2.7% lower. [graph]
  • State sales tax collections gained in October after seasonal adjustments. Collections rose 2.5% from September and now are 7.3% higher over the year for Tennessee. [graph]
  • Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment for Tennessee rose 7,900 in October from the previous month. Over the year, nonfarm employment is 2.2% higher, a gain of 59,800. [graph]
  • Unemployment rate for Tennessee declined to 7.1% in October, down from a recent peak of 7.4% for August. Tennessee's unemployment rate remains elevated compared with 5.8% for the U.S. [graph]
  • Average weekly hours for Tennessee fell to 34.8 in October. Hours worked are down 1.4% over the year. [graph]
  • Average hourly earnings for Tennessee gained $0.10 in October September to $20.70 after seasonal adjustments. Hourly earnings are just 2.0% higher over the year. [graph]

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