County Unemployment Rate Down in August

Nashville, TN (2018-10-02) The jobless rate in Scott County declined in August, dipping to 4.6 percent.  It was the first reduction in unemployment since May.

According to the latest statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the unemployment rate for Scott County in August was 4.6 percent, down from a revised rate of 5.1 percent in July.  Over the month, the jobless number dropped by 40 workers, 430 to 390.  With the same adjustment in the estimated labor force—8,400 to 8,360—and an uptick of 10 jobs added over the same period, the net effect was a reduction of 0.5 percent.  In August, the state says 7,970 people were employed.

In neighboring counties, the jobless rate also declined.  Anderson County reported an August rate of 4.1 percent, down from 4.4 percent in July.  Campbell County likewise experienced a 0.3 reduction in joblessness in August, going from 5.3 to 5.0 percent.  Fentress County’s unemployment rate went from 4.9 percent in July to 4.7 percent in August.  Morgan County’s August rate was 4.8 percent, down 0.3 percent over the month.  Pickett County saw the greatest reduction over the month, a 0.5 percent decline—4.5 to 4.0 percent.

While most counties saw a drop in unemployment, rates remained the same in eight counties last month and increased in one; Lake County saw its August rate jump from 5.2 percent to 5.4 percent.

Williamson County continued to have the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.8 percent, a 0.1 of a percentage point drop from the previous month’s rate.  Davidson County’s statistic held steady at 3.0 percent and tied for the second lowest rate in the state.  While Sevier County matched Davidson at 3.0 percent, its rate dropped 0.1 of a percentage point when compared to July.

The counties with the lowest unemployment in August each had a rate of 3.3 percent or lower.

With an August rate of 5.0 percent, Weakley County experienced the state’s largest drop in unemployment, down 2.6 percent from its July’s rate of 7.6 percent.

Lauderdale County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate in August at 6.7 percent, but that figure is still 0.2 of a percentage point lower than the previous month.  There are 21 counties in Tennessee with an unemployment rate of 5.0 percent or greater.

“We have several counties with higher unemployment and we are working to improve the jobless situation in those areas,” TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips said.  “The recent realignment of Tennessee’s local workforce development areas will bring increased workforce development efforts to many of those counties,” he added.