County Rate Reflects Ebb and Flow of October 2109 Employment Situation

Newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) shows 38 counties experienced a drop in unemployment during October, while rates remained the same in 24 counties, and increased in 33 counties.

“Many different factors impact a county’s employment situation,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord.  “The vast majority of Tennessee’s counties had continued low unemployment in October.  The ebb and flow of the statistics in several areas will likely return to more typical numbers in the coming months.”

Statewide, unemployment held steady in October.  Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.4 percent matches the previous month’s rate.

Nationally, unemployment experienced a slight uptick.  October’s rate of 3.6 percent is 0.1 of a percentage point higher than September’s rate of 3.5 percent.  Scott County’s labor force is 8,672 with 8,340 employed and 332 unemployed.  Scott County’s unemployment rate is at 3.8 percent.