September numbers show another unemployment drop in Middle Tennessee

September numbers show another unemployment drop in Middle Tennessee


Newly released unemployment data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development showed the vast majority of Tennessee’s 95 counties, including Williamson and Maury, experienced lower unemployment rates in September 2018, when compared to the previous month.

Once again, Williamson County recorded the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.7 percent, which represented a 0.1 of a percentage point decrease from the previous month, yet still higher than in September 2017, when 2.4 percent were unemployed.

With a rate of 2.9 percent, Davidson and Rutherford Counties had the second lowest rates in Tennessee. The Rutherford County rate was 0.2 of a percentage point lower than it was in August, while Davidson County experienced a 0.1 of a percentage point drop.

Maury County recorded a 3.2 percent rate, down 0.1 of a percentage point from August.

Rates decreased in 70 counties across Tennessee, remained the same in 15 counties, and 10 counties experienced a slight increase in unemployment.

The counties with the state’s lowest unemployment each have a rate of 3.2 percent or lower.

“It’s encouraging to see so many counties report lower unemployment rates for the second consecutive month,” said Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips. “Many of the counties with the state’s highest unemployment still experienced a decrease in September.”

Lauderdale County had the state’s highest unemployment rate last month at 6.5 percent, but that figure still marked a 0.2 of a percentage point decrease when compared to the previous month. It was a similar situation from Bledsoe County, which had the second highest rate. In August the county had an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent, but it dropped to 5.9 percent in September.

Only 16 out of Tennessee’s 95 counties had an unemployment rate above 5 percent last month.

“While these latest numbers are encouraging, there are still thousands of Tennesseans who are looking for a job,” Phillips said. “No matter what the unemployment rate, this department continues to work day in and day out to enhance workforce development and access to employment across Tennessee.”

For the second consecutive month, Tennessee had a seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in September. The national unemployment rate last month dipped 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.7 percent. In September 2017 the national rate was 4.2 percent.

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