(WBIR-Nashville) Tennessee's unemployment jumped 3 percent to 8.3 percent in May.
Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development announced on Thursday that 250,000 Tennesseans are without jobs.
Over the last year, however, Tennessee business owners hired more than 50,000 people for positions - mostly in the business, health and food sectors.
Tennessee's unemployment rate is higher than the national average. Nationally, over a one month period, the unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.6 percent.