Nashville, TN (2017-11-25) The unemployment rate in Scott County was up slightly in October, but remains near historic lows. Across the state, rates increased in 84 of 95 counties, but most remained below five percent.
According to the latest statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the jobless rate for Scott County for October was 4.0 percent, up from 3.8 percent in September. The shift in the unemployment rate was the result of several key factors, including a reduction in the estimated labor force, a decrease in employed workers, and an increase in unemployed workers. Over the month, the state reduced the estimated labor force by 80 employees. While the jobless number increased only slightly over the month—from 310 in September to 320 in October—the number of employed workers dropped from 7,770 to 7,680—a loss of 90 jobs.
In neighboring counties, the unemployment rate likewise increased over the month. Pickett County experienced the largest increase, reporting an October rate of 3.4 percent—an increase of 0.4 percent. Morgan County followed with a 0.3 percent increase over the month, reporting an October rate of 4.1 percent. Anderson and Fentress Counties experienced increases of 0.2 percent over the month, reporting October rates of 3.3 and 3.7 percent, respectively. The jobless rate in Campbell County in October was 3.9 percent, an increase of 0.1 percent.
Williamson and Davidson Counties continue to have Tennessee’s lowest unemployment rates at 2.2 percent. Williamson County’s rate increased by 0.1 percent in October, while Davidson County’s rate held steady compared to the previous month. Rutherford County’s rate was also unchanged at 2.3 percent.
Cheatham, Wilson, Moore, and Sumner Counties each had a rate of 2.4 percent. That represents at 0.1 percent increase for Cheatham, Wilson and Sumner Counties and 0.1 percent decease for Moore County. Sevier County’s unemployment rate remained at 2.5 percent in October. Knox County increased by 0.1 percent to 2.6 percent and Smith County’s rate remained the same at 2.6 percent.
Looking at the entire state, October unemployment rates decreased in four counties, remained the same in seven counties and increased in 84 counties. Ninety-three of Tennessee’s 95 counties continue to have unemployment rates below 5.0 percent.
While two counties saw an increase above the 5.0 percent threshold, their rates are still below 5.5 percent. Rhea County has the state’s highest unemployment at 5.4 percent, up from 4.9 percent in September. Lauderdale County’s rate increased to 5.3 percent, from 4.6 percent the previous month. Bledsoe County, which reported a rate of 4.9 percent, had the third highest unemployment rate in October. The remainder of the top five were Houston and Benson Counties, which both reported rates of 4.7 percent. Rounding out the top ten were: Weakley County (4.6%), Hardeman County (4.6%), Obion County (4.6%), Stewart County (4.5%), and McNairy County (4.4%).