Unemployment Trends Upward in June, Scott Rate Spikes 1.6 Percent

Huntsville, TN (2018-07-27) The unemployment rate in Scott County spiked in June, rising 1.6 percent over the month.  While the monthly rate rose sharply, the year-to-year statistics say more than 500 jobs have been created in Scott County in the last twelve months.

According to the latest statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the unemployment rate in Scott County climbed to 5.2 percent in June, an increase of 1.6 percent from May.  The increase was attributed to a combination of an increase in the estimated labor force and the actual loss of jobs.  In June, 440 laborers were listed as unemployed, an increase of 140 over the month.  While the jobless number jumped by 140, much of the increase was directly related to an increase in the estimated labor force.  According to the June statistics, jobs lost over the month actually totaled 30, while the rest of the increase correlated to a 110 person increase in the labor pool.   In June, 7,980 of the county’s labor force of 8,420 were employed.

“These increases in county unemployment rates are something we typically see in June,” said Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips. “In fact, we’ve experienced this uptick every June since the state started keeping records in 1976,” he added.

June is also typically the month when recent high school and college graduates enter the workforce and have yet to find employment, adding to the jobless count across the state.

Since last June, 510 jobs have been created in Scott County.  A year ago, the jobless rate was 5.5 percent and 460 were jobless.

Rates increased in counties across the state in June.  Van Buren County experienced the sharpest increase over the month, reporting a June rate of 6.5 percent—an increase of 2.1 percent.  Greene and Grundy counties were close behind, each reporting an increase of 2.0 percent.

Of neighboring counties, Fentress County reported the greatest increase over the month.  At 5.1 percent, the June rate was up 1.8 percent.  Pickett County was close behind with an increase of 1.7 percent, reporting a June rate of 4.3 percent.  Campbell and Morgan counties each experienced an increase of 1.5 percent over the month, reporting June jobless rates of 5.5 and 5.4 percent, respectively.  Anderson County reported a June rate of 4.5 percent, an increase of 1.3 percent.

Williamson County continued to have Tennessee’s lowest unemployment in June with a rate of 3.0 percent, which represents a 0.9 of a percentage point increase from its May 2018 rate.  The current rate for Williamson County is 0.1 of a percentage point lower than it was in June 2017.

Davidson County experienced the state’s second lowest unemployment figure with a rate of 3.1 percent, up from 2.2 percent the previous month.