A group of 75-100 demonstrators gathered in downtown Knoxville Saturday demanding new jobs and health care.
“We expect the government to make it possible for us to work and feed our families and have health care. Other governments make it possible for their citizens, and this one should, too. Then we don’t have to ask for handouts.” Sylvia Woods, secretary-treasurer of the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Area Central Labor Council, told The Knoxville News Sentinel.
The group started at Bank of America, then marched to SunTrust, thru Market Square, and ended at the Chamber of Commerce building.
“Since this recession began, America has lost nearly nine million jobs when we needed to create two million new jobs just to stay even,” Jerry Lee, president of the Tennessee AFL-CIO, told the News Sentinel.
As of January 2010, Tennessee tied for 37th place in seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ranking across the nation with a rate of 10.7%. It is tied with Kentucky and Oregon. The non-seasonally adjusted rate is 11.5%, with a national rate of 10.6%.
Unemployment Rates by State, January 2010
Knox County had the state’s lowest metropolitan rate of 8.6 percent for January, up from 8.1 percent in December according to state statistics.
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