Tennessee Continues To Experience Historically Low Unemployment

Statewide Unemployment Has Remained 3.5 percent Or Lower For 11 Consecutive Months

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced on Thursday that Tennessee’s May 2018 statewide unemployment rate of 3.5 percent marked the 11th consecutive month the figure has been 3.5 percent or lower.

While the May unemployment rate represents a slight uptick of 0.1 of a percentage point compared to the April rate of 3.4 percent, year-to-year, it is 0.3 of a percentage point lower than it was in May 2017.

“Back in May of 2011, the unemployment rate was 9.2 percent,” Governor Haslam said. “We have made tremendous progress over the last seven years, bringing new businesses to the state and creating hundreds of thousands of new private sector jobs. Tennessee will lead in job creation because we’ve worked hard to create an environment where businesses can grow and thrive and a skilled workforce ready for the demands of today’s workforce.”

Between April and May of this year, Tennessee added another 7,800 nonfarm jobs. The vast majority of jobs created last month were in the professional/business services industry, which accounted for 4,200 new positions.

Nationally, unemployment dropped for the second consecutive month.  The United States unemployment rate for May was 3.8 percent, down 0.1 of a percentage point from the previous month. In May 2017, the national unemployment rate was half a percentage point higher at 4.3 percent.

“To experience nearly a full year of unemployment at 3.5 percent or lower is remarkable,” Commissioner Burns said. “We are working each and every day to continue this forward motion in Tennessee, increasing the quality of life for families across the state.”

The statewide unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted to eliminate the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from an economic time series.

Tennesseans looking for employment can access the latest job openings, update their resumes, and sharpen their job interview skill by visiting the state’s workforce website.

A complete analysis of Tennessee’s unemployment data for May can be found here.

The state of Tennessee will release the May county unemployment data on Thursday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m. CT.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Fire On Hickory Valley Road Displaces Multiple Apartment Residents

Man Who Was Shot In The Leg Files Suit In Federal Court


Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARNOLD, CANDICE MICHELLE 56 TIMBER LANE DUNLAP, 37327 Age at Arrest: 28 years old Arresting Agency: Red Bank Booked for ... (click for more)

A fire broke out at Evergreen Apartments on Hickory Valley Road when fire broke out at approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Robert Knowles said he had just gotten home from work and was walking ... (click for more)

A 52-year-old man who was shot in the leg by a county officer "while avoiding arrest" last Jan. 19 has filed suit in Federal Court. Kenneth Charles Rogers is suing the county, Sheriff Jim ... (click for more)


Breaking News

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARNOLD, CANDICE MICHELLE 56 TIMBER LANE DUNLAP, 37327 Age at Arrest: 28 years old Arresting Agency: Red Bank Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- BAILEY, CHARLES FRANKLIN 6309 B POTTS ROAD CHATTANOOGA, 37416 Age at Arrest: 39 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga FAILURE TO APPEAR ... (click for more)

Fire On Hickory Valley Road Displaces Multiple Apartment Residents

A fire broke out at Evergreen Apartments on Hickory Valley Road when fire broke out at approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Robert Knowles said he had just gotten home from work and was walking to his apartment in the H Building when a woman ran out of her apartment across from him carrying two babies in her arms. He said he could see fire toward the back of her apartment. Mr. ... (click for more)

Opinion

Fake News Strikes Again And Again

Two major stories exploded across the headlines this past week which confirm my opinion that the mainstream media (MSM) is biased, incompetent, and can seldom be trusted to impart the news fairly and accurately. The first instance was the BuzzFeed story regarding Michael Cohen and how he allegedly lied on President Trump's behalf to Congress. Virtually all of the big media outlets ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Walmart vs 535 Morons

There is an anonymous paper on the Internet that tells how Walmart could do a better job running America instead of the pompous flops and duds we send to Washington. Please try to connect the dots on Walmart’s 1.6 million employees and the obscene profits that they make versus our 535 members of Congress who blow through money while “WallyWorld” churns out an average of $20-thousand ... (click for more)

Sports

CCS Beats Boyd-Buchanan With Houge Hurt

Chattanooga Christian coach Eddie Salter knew that his Chargers would be in for a battle when they went to Boyd-Buchanan Tuesday night for a key region basketball game. The challenge got even bigger when CCS big man Michael Houge went down in the first minute of the second quarter with an ankle injury and didn't return. The Chargers missed their big man after he had scored ... (click for more)

Hixson’s Crowe Honors Brother Through Basketball

This wasn’t the way Hixson’s Christian Crowe envisioned his senior year unfolding, especially on the heels of a career-best performance last week. But Crowe has learned how to process disappointment and heartbreak, something he and his family have cultivated over the past seven years. Along their difficult journey, though, they have also come to understand how gratitude and thankfulness ... (click for more)