April Unemployment Below 5 Percent In Nearly All Tennessee Counties

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Newly released data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development showed nearly every county in Tennessee had unemployment rates below 5 percent in April. Perry County was the only county with a rate above 5 percent and its April number came in at 5.1 percent.

Unemployment rates decreased in 12 Tennessee counties in April. Sixty counties did experience slight increases in their rates for the month, while jobless numbers remained unchanged in 23 counties.

Williamson County recorded the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2 percent, which is 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the county’s March rate of 1.9 percent. Moore County had the next lowest rate in April at 2.1 percent, up 0.2 of a percentage point from the previous month’s number.

At 5.1 percent, Perry County had the month’s highest unemployment rate but unemployment in the county was down 0.1 of a percentage point from its March rate of 5.2 percent. Cocke County had the second-highest rate in April at 4.8 percent but its rate dropped by 0.3 of a percentage point when compared to the previous month.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates county and statewide unemployment rates differently. It does not factor in seasonal impacts on data when determining county unemployment rates, while it does seasonally adjust the statewide unemployment number.

Across Tennessee, unemployment remained at a historic low in April. March’s record-breaking rate of 3.2 percent bested the previous record of 3.3 percent and held steady into April.

The national unemployment rate also remained unchanged in April at 3.6 percent. One year ago, the national rate came in at 6 percent.

A report containing a complete analysis of the state’s April 2022 county unemployment data is available here.

The state provides a wide range of free services that can help Tennesseans searching for work find good, meaningful employment. Job seekers can start their journey back into the workforce at www.TNWorkReady.com.

The state of Tennessee will release statewide unemployment data for May on June 16 at 1:30 p.m. CDT.


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