Unemployment Rates Improve Across Tenn.

July 2017 Reflects a Positive Shift in 40 Tennessee Counties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amid historic lows in statewide unemployment figures, Tennessee’s county unemployment rates for July 2017 decreased in 40 counties, increased in 24, and remained the same in 31, according to data released last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

Forty of Tennessee’s 95 counties bettered their unemployment rates, compared to June 2017 and 31 counties saw no movement during the latest survey. Twenty-four counties did experience a small uptick in the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment figures.

Davidson County has the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.1 percent, matching the revised rate reported for June 2017. Knox County’s rate for July held steady at 3.7 percent.

Hamilton and Shelby counties also remain at the prior month’s revised rates of 4.1 and 4.8, respectively.

The summer months typically have higher county unemployment rates because they are not adjusted for seasonal workers,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips. “It is a positive sign that nearly three-quarters of the counties across the state saw their unemployment rates decrease or remain the same as they were in June.” Specific county information for the month of May is available online at http://tn.gov/assets/entities/labor/attachments/Labor_Force_Estimates%2C_Jul_17.pdf.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.