Unemployment Rates Drop In All 95 Tennessee Counties; Rural Counties See Significant Drop

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips on Thursday announced that unemployment rates decreased last month in all 95 counties and significantly dropped in many rural counties, which often have the highest unemployment rates in the state. The county figures were released one week after the state posted an August statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent – the lowest in recorded history.

 

“To see a decrease in each and every county across Tennessee is quite an accomplishment and a sign of our state’s financial strength,” Governor Haslam said.

“Our historic low unemployment rate is a reflection of Tennessee’s policies – we’re a low tax state that encourages business investment and we don’t have a lot of debt, which allows businesses to thrive and create jobs.”

 

This is the third time in 2017 in which county unemployment rates decreased statewide. The rates also dropped in all 95 counties in February and April.

 

“What’s most impressive is how much the unemployment rate has dropped in our rural areas – several counties have seen a nearly three percent decrease over the last 12 months,” Commissioner Phillips said.

 

While Rhea County has Tennessee’s highest unemployment rate at six percent, its August 2017 figure decreased by a full percentage point from the previous month, and some 400 new jobs are being created there by Nokian Tyre. The company announced earlier this year it was locating its first North American manufacturing facility in Dayton, Tn., and Governor Haslam on Wednesday joined company officials and county and city leaders there to break ground on the future site.

 

Davidson and Williamson counties have the state’s lowest unemployment rates at 2.7 percent. Davidson County dropped three-tenths of a percentage point from July, while Williamson County’s rate was down four-tenths of a percentage point. Nine of the state’s lowest unemployment rates can be found in middle Tennessee counties. Sevier County is also among the top 10 lowest in the state.

 

The August unemployment rate is less than 5 percent in 81 Tennessee counties. 14 counties have unemployment rates for the month ranging from 5.1 and 6 percent.

 

Unemployment date for each of Tennessee’s 95 counties is available here.

 

The August statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent was down one-tenth of a percentage point from July while the preliminary U.S. unemployment rate increased last month one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.4 percent. 

 

The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted, while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.

 

Additional information from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, including resources to help Tennesseans find jobs can be found at Jobs4TN.gov.


Cumberland Trust Adds Trust Specialist To Chattanooga-Focused Team

Chris Collins Named To Husch Blackwell Partnership

Tennessee State November Revenues Higher Than Budgeted


Cumberland Trust has added Eric Roddy to its personal trust team as a trust specialist. In his role, Mr. Roddy supports trust officers with daily administrative duties including bill pay and ... (click for more)

Chris Collins has been elected by Husch Blackwell to the firm’s partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Mr. Collins, an experienced litigator in real estate, development and construction, works ... (click for more)

Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin announced Monday that overall November state revenues were $1.0 billion, which is 8.98 percent more than November ... (click for more)


Business

Cumberland Trust Adds Trust Specialist To Chattanooga-Focused Team

Cumberland Trust has added Eric Roddy to its personal trust team as a trust specialist. In his role, Mr. Roddy supports trust officers with daily administrative duties including bill pay and distribution, assisting with the overall care taking of the trust and client relationship. He joins the personal trust team focused on supporting Cumberland Trust’s Chattanooga client base. ... (click for more)

Chris Collins Named To Husch Blackwell Partnership

Chris Collins has been elected by Husch Blackwell to the firm’s partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Mr. Collins, an experienced litigator in real estate, development and construction, works with clients to help them both avoid unnecessary litigation and to strengthen their pre-litigation position. When litigation proves unavoidable, however, he guides the client throughout the ... (click for more)

Breaking News

State Dismisses All Charges Against Charles Toney In Controversial Arrest

The state on Tuesday morning dismissed all charges against aspiring rapper Charles Toney in connection with his arrest that led to a U.S. Department of Justice probe. The arrest on Dec. 3 on Donaldson Road was caught on video by a neighbor and went viral. It showed Toney being punched and kicked by an officer while he was handcuffed. District Attorney Neal Pinkston afterward ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Schools Announces New School Options And Timeline

For the 2019-2020 school year, Hamilton County Schools is opening enrollment to a select group of schools, “My Future Schools,” to which students across the district will be eligible to apply. Officials said, "Opening enrollment to these schools will provide students with a diverse range of options outside of their neighborhood zoned school. These schools will be in addition to ... (click for more)

Opinion

An Open Letter Concerning The Proposed Ooltewah Waste Treatment Facility - And Response (2)

The Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority and County Commissioner Tim Boyd want to build a sewage treatment plant in my backyard. I bought my house in Ooltewah in 1994, raised my children here and worked hard to pay it off. My home has been my small piece of the American Dream. Now, the WWTA and Commissioner Boyd want to reward my hard work by taking away about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Real Christmas Miracle

There is a huge shopping mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin -- think of a suburb of Milwaukee -- and about two-to-three miles away from the Mayfair Mall is where the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is located. The fact the renowned medical center is in the vicinity of the mall is what we call “a salient point,” which are very important when a story is presented that many, many people ... (click for more)